Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
This recipe is great for traveling. I adapted it from a Mayo Clinic recipe. I have been substituting other dried fruits for the raisins to increase variety. I've also substituted chocolate chips, which melt and make the entire bar chocolatey. I would like to try dried cherries sometime, perhaps with the chocolate chips as well. Dates were unimpressive. I've updated this recipe to exclude the use of powdered milk since it is exceptionally high in oxysterols (oxidized cholesterol) and free radicals have atherogenic and carcinogenic properties. So, I substituted more soy flour and didn't notice any change in the results. I also made the portions larger.
- 2 1⁄2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup soy flour
- 1⁄2 cup toasted wheat germ
- 1⁄2 cup sliced almonds
- 1⁄2 cup dried apple, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup raisins or 1⁄2 cup dried sweetened cranberries or 1⁄2 cup other dried fruit or 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup honey (buy 16 oz. of dark local honey)
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted creamy peanut butter (organic)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Lightly coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with olive oil cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, wheat germ, almonds, apples, and raisins or other dried fruit.
- Stir well and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, stir together honey, peanut butter, and olive oil over medium-low heat until well blended. Do not boil.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Add the warmed mixture to the dry ingredients and stir quickly until well combined.
- Pat the mixture into the baking pan and use the bottom of a moistened drinking glass to press firmly to remove air pockets.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, just until the edges begin to brown.
- Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
- Cut into 16 bars (halve lengthwise, then cut into 8 lengths).
- When just cool enough to handle, remove bars from pan and cool completely on rack.
- Place any crumbs that fall into the baking pan and add to turned off oven and later, enjoy as cereal with the milk of your choice.
- Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
I've made s similar recipe before and they're WONDERFUL! To give it a 1 Star rating because the (not so) lengthy list of ingredients is just wrong! They're tasty and good for you!
I think it is really lame to give a low rating based on the list of ingredients...without even trying. We really liked these bars. Thanks for posting.
I wish I could give 3.5 stars as I liked these bars a lot but didn't quite love them.... I used a mix of dried blueberries, cherries and cranberries along with the apples. I do like all the healthy ingredients and they were easy to make. 24 bars seemed like very small bars so I only cut mine into 12, my DH will be eating them and I can guaranty that he'll want a bigger portion.