Here’s another easy recipe for breakfast on the run or for a snack attack. These taste better than store bought granola bars, and are definitely healthier as they contain real foods rather than dozens of additives and chemicals. I am working on making these bars without the dry milk powder, but till I find a better alternative, my family will eat these instead of pop-tarts. Another fall back I’ve been using regularly is for No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bar – recipe to follow soon as I take some pics. Baked bars adapted from this recipe.
Baked Oatmeal Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats (NOT instant)
- 1 cup roughly chopped dry fruit (dates, raisins, craisins, figs, etc) – whatever strikes your fancy
- 1 cup roughly chopped nuts – whatever you like
- 1/2 cup wheat germ (or sunflower seeds)
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup dry milk powder ( I’ve been sneaking in my husband’s protein shake powder, and its delicious)
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 4 Tbsp butter – melted
1) Preheat oven to 350*
2) Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl.
3) Press into a lightly greased 8 or 9 inch square pan.
4) Bake 25 minutes until lightly golden brown and crispy on top.
5) Cool well and cut into bars.
6) Refrigerate for a month or freeze for up to 3 months.
NOTE: To double recipe, use a 9X13 pan and follow same method.