August 17, 2011

RECIPE: Renee's Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

These are SOOOO good--and beware if you're a binge eater, it's very hard to eat just one!  I modified this a bit the last time I made them to reduce the calorie count, and they turned out wonderfully. So I'll type up the modified recipe.

Note: The bar above is 1/12 of the pan, not 1/24 ;)

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

1/4 cup plain, fat free yogurt
2 Tbsp. honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Egg Beaters
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional, not included in nutrition info)

Preheat oven to 325. In a large mixing bowl, beat yogurt, honey, and sugar until creamy. Add applesauce, eggs, and vanilla and beat well.  In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, flax, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Add the dry ingredients to creamed mixture.  Stir in walnuts (if using), raisins, and chocolate chips. Prepare a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Spread batter in pan and bake 20-25 minutes until lightly browned (I like to underbake them just a touch, so they stay a little gooey). Let cool, and cut into barsMakes 24 bars.

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