Makes 24 to 32 bars

Hard to get much simpler than this, though I do like to complicate matters by making my own granola. These keep well, travel well, and are open to endless experimentation. Add nuts, other dried fruit, chocolate chips, coconut, peanut butter chips, vanilla, cinnamon, almond extract … I’m even thinking about a touch of lavender or cardamom in a future batch.

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (1/2 cup of this could be white whole-wheat flour)

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

3/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins

2 cups granola

1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3 large egg whites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-by-13-inch pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in cranberries and granola. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, butter and egg whites. Pour over flour mixture and fold in with a spatula. Spread into pan.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until top is golden and set. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting.

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