Jo-Ann's Power Bars Recipe -
Jo-Ann's Power Bars Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Jo-Ann's Power Bars

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"These power bars are delicious and much more nutritious than most granola bars. They are very filling, too. Instead of using dried mixed fruit, feel free to substitute any of your favorite dried fruits. Same goes for the nuts."

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Original recipe makes 12 bars Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a 9 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, cereal, and cinnamon. Add the egg, applesauce, honey, brown sugar, and oil. Mix well. Stir in the sunflower seeds, walnuts, and dried fruit. Spread mixture evenly in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake 30 minutes, or until firm and lightly browned around the edges. Let cool. Use the foil to lift from the pan. Cut into bars or squares, and store in the refrigerator.
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  • Tip
  • Parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 05, 2007

Wonderful! I made a batch with exactly what you had for my hubby and I made a lower carb version for myself. They both turned out awesome! FYI...lower carb I omited the fruit and flour. I added two scoops of low-carb protein powder and 2 T peanut butter. They were great. I'm going to experiment with this base recipe using bananas, blueberries, dried the options are endless. Thanks so much!!! A++++++

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 14, 2011

Fairly decent flavour but certainly not a bar you can eat on the run. Made them twice but will not be doing them again.

Feb 11, 2008

Delicious and filling!!!! I make a few changes like adding chocolate protien powder instead of flour (as suggested by another user)and omitting the brown sugar and oil. if you use protien powder it will sweeten the bars without the additional sugar. I use dried cherries for the fruit and a little more applesauce to compensate for the lack of oil. They hold together really nicely, even when I throw them in my bookbag for a snack between classes. Tasty brain food.

Mar 12, 2008

I've made these several times over the past two weeks and have really enjoyed being able to swap out the major flavor makers. The first batch was by the recipe using dried cranberries for the fruit and sliced almonds for the nuts. I added in a little coconut and left out the sunflower seeds b/c I didn't have any. They came out good - but these are VERY HIGH FIBER! Just so you know! My husband didn't care for the flavor of the first batch. He requested a second which I just made with: pumpkin seeds, dried goji berries, ground flax seeds(in place of 1/2 of the flour), a little coconut and a handful of whole almonds. There wasn't enough crunch in the first batch for him - so these are perfect. I almost doubled the cinnamon too since there are a lot of flavors going on and I think it goes nicely with the nuttiness of the flax. I made a batch with chocolate chips and coconut (coconut oil in place of vegetable) for my 5 & 3 year old with great success - next time I'll leave out the cinnamon with that one though. I also made a tropical version for me with dried papaya, pineapple and coconut. Thank you for a great basic recipe that is SO quick, easy and healthful. Play around to make it suit your taste and health needs!

Jul 17, 2007

Way good! I doubled the applesauce and bars really had a great texture. Used sesame seeds, almonds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins. Would be great with any seed/nut/dried fruit combination.

May 29, 2007

I love this recipe. My husband is on his way home from work he gets very grouchy because he is hungry. I hated spending the big bucks on a box of air (granola bars) and he was never satisfied with them. I came across your recipe and have made them ~ well I make them 3 times a week and he eats them on his way home. My husband loves these and says they are filling. I will never buy another box of air for the big bucks agian!!This recipe is so versatile that I make it several ways. Thanks for the great recipe!!!

Jul 05, 2005

Keeeeeeeeeper!! Love it. Very chewy and not too sweet. I used chopped dates, which were somewhat sweet and dried cranberries. I could taste the cinnamon, very good. I'm actualy about to make them again right now. They work well as snack for school. I will try some changes like sesame seed or poppy seed, prunes or figs and peanuts. The one thing I changed was the amount of apple sauce. I increased it to 3/4 cup. It was easy to spread. Thank you.

Jul 27, 2011

I make this recipe at least once a week!Love this recipe. I have 5 kids, so I like to make my own granola bars for cost savings and better nutrition. This is an easily adaptable recipe. I've used all kinds of fruit purees instead of apple sauce. Some favourite combinations are cherry/ coconut/ white choc chip (just a few for fun!) and pumpkin puree with pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie spices. We are a nut free home and school, so I've tried lots of things to "fill" out the bar, including flax and all kinds of other seeds, soy nuts, Grape Nuts, bran buds, coconut, you name it. Almost everything has worked! I double the recipe and use a parchment lined 9 x 13 pan, then after it's baked and cooled for about 10 minutes, I flip the whole thing out and cut into bars. I let those cool a little longer, then wrap them individually so they are ready to go into lunches or as snacks. I get about 18 -24 bars this way.


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  • Calories
  • 197 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 6.6 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 4.1 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 40 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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