August 17, 2011

RECIPE: Renee's Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

My friend Renee gave me this recipe, and these bars are SOOOO good. Beware if you're a binge eater because it's very hard to eat just one! They aren't a super healthy food, but they aren't terrible, either. They do taste wonderful, though!

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

1/4 cup plain yogurt (I've substituted sour cream before, and it worked well)
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp. honey
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
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
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 cup raisins or other dried fruit
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional, not included in nutrition info)

Preheat oven to 325. In a large mixing bowl, beat coconut oil, 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, 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 under-bake them just a touch, so they stay a little gooey). Place on rack to cool, and cut into bars. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

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