CMP student eating a healthy homemade granola bar

Here at CMP, we create our own recipes and homemade, organic snacks. This week the kids enjoyed our Nut Free Granola Bars. This recipe is easy to make and is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and organic. Your kids will love it!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups of gluten free organic oats
  • 1/3 cup of organic raisins
  • 1/3 cup of organic cranberries
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of ginger
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of organic applesauce
  • ¼ cup of organic maple syrup
  • 2 organic ripe bananas


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and toast the oats for 10 minutes

3. Blend the binding ingredients (i.e. raisins, cranberries, vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, applesauce and maple syrup) into a large mixing bowl

4. Remove toasted oats from the oven and cool for 5 minutes

5. Combine the oats and all of the binding ingredients and mix together until fully blended

6. Mash in the 2 ripe bananas

7. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes

8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares


Carmel Mtn. Preschool student enjoying a healthy granola bar snack

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Carmel Mountain Preschool provides a safe and caring environment with hands-on, developmentally-appropriate programs for children. We also offer excellent care for elementary school-age students with our before and after school programs. CMP is located at 9510 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92129, situated between 4S Ranch, Rancho Peñasquitos, Carmel Valley, and Santaluz. For more information, please visit our website or contact us at 858.484.4877.