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Cereal Bars – take one

April 23, 2010

I’m feeling experimental. This used to mean something completely different when I was 21 years old and in University…but now, it means I’m back in the kitchen trying to find easy recipes to please my picky kid. This time it’s cereal bars. We go through a lot of these at home – the store bought ones (Heinz) – so I’ve decided to give it a go and see if I can nix the grocery item and get her hooked on home made goodness. 🙂

I rate this recipe a solid 6/10; I’ll experiment with more and see if I can offer up something better. These are very easy to make and yesterday after her nap, Simone ate 3 squares which gives me the “Picky Kid Stamp of Approval”. In fact, between the 2 of us, we ate nearly the whole pan.

Oatmeal cereal bars

2 cups rolled oats (I used large oat flakes)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 egg beaten
2 tsps vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees; grease 9″x13″ pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil, apple sauce, peanut butter, and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.
Bake 30-35 mins (take them out at 30; if edges turning golden brown they are done).
Cool 5 mins in the pan, then cut them. Don’t let them cool any longer before cutting or you will need a chain saw.

Be creative with this one:
Add wheat germ
Add craisins/raisins
Add mini chocolate chips or flakes/chunks of dark chocolate
Remove peanut butter (or replace with something similar)

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