Oatmeal On The Go Bars

 

Oatmeal On The Go Bars

Oatmeal On The Go Bars

1. Mix dry ingredients in one bowl.

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl.

2. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pour dry ingredients into wet mixture and stir.

Pour dry ingredients into wet mixture and stir.

Prepare dried fruit and nuts.

Prepare dried fruit and nuts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Add dried fruit and nuts to oatmeal mixture.

Add dried fruit and nuts to oatmeal mixture.

Pour oatmeal mixture into prepared baking dish.

Pour oatmeal mixture into prepared baking dish.

 

 

 

 

 

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Right out of the oven.

Right out of the oven.

Oatmeal On The Go Bars

Oatmeal On The Go Bars

Oatmeal On The Go Bars

I saw these homemade Oatmeal Bars at the pre-school where I work. A mom of a 3 year-old boy sends him to school with the most interesting and beautifully prepared lunches. She was nice enough to share this healthy recipe. I have to admit that substituting applesauce for sugar is not something I usually do, but these bars get their sweetness from the dried fruit. To up the sweet-factor, I may add chocolate chips next time. Did I hear you say that chocolate chips negate the healthy factor? To that I say, “Whatever works, hon!” To get my daughters to drink milk, I added chocolate syrup and called it “Cookie Juice.”

Ingredients:

2 cups old fashioned oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 cup milk (any kind of milk–rice, almond, soy, cow’s)

3 Tablespoons honey

1/2 cup applesauce

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, blueberries, cherries, chopped up apricots–whatever you like)

1/2 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, sunflower seeds, pecans)

optional:  chocolate chips

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2.  Combine first 5 dry ingredients in a bowl and stir.

3.  Mix the milk, applesauce, egg, honey, and vanilla in a separate bowl.

4.  Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, stir to combine and then stir in the dried fruit and nuts.

5.  Pour the oatmeal mixture into a buttered or greased 7 x 11 baking dish.  (I don’t own a 7 x 11 baking dish, so I used a 9 x 11.  The result was a bar not at tall as the ones I originally saw.)

6.  Bake for 30 minutes or until thickened and golden.

7.  Cool, then cut into squared and serve.

*Oatmeal Bars may be frozen in a sealed bag in the freezer for up to 4 months.  When ready, allow to defrost in fridge for 24-48 hours.

*Refrigerated Oatmeal Bars will last up to 5 days.

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10 thoughts on “Oatmeal On The Go Bars

  1. I LOVE this!! I can’t wait to try it. I have been looking for a good oat-bar recipe actually but many of them seem too sweet, or end up too thick and chewy. This looks like it’ll have the perfect texture I’m looking for.

    And seriously, adding chocolate chips can NEVER be a bad thing. Besides, dark chocolate is healthy!!! (what???!!! you say not when I eat the whole bag….. ech… close enough!! lol)

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! Umm, are we BOTH compulsive-chocolate-eaters? Is that even a term? If it isn’t, it should be. “CCE’s” has nice ring, don’t you think?

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