Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F). Combine oats, bran, wheat germ, flour, dried cranberries or raisins, almonds and walnuts (if using), baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a large bowl. Whisk together applesauce, milk, eggs and brown sugar in another bowl. Pour over dry ingredients and mix just to combine. Spread into a greased 8 inch (20 cm) square baking pan, smoothing top. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a rack before cutting into bars.
Tip: For a nut free option replace almonds and walnuts with 4 tbsp (60 mL) of your favourite dried fruits.