Applesauce Cereal Snacks or Bars
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- Ready In:
- 2 cups cereal (Cheerios, corn flakes, Chex, Kix, whatever!)
- 1 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
- 3⁄4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1 -2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1⁄2 cup applesauce
- Mix all ingeredients in a medium bowl until well blended.
- **Optional-throw a Tbs or two of Soy Flour in to boost up the protine of a picky child's diet!
- Spray pan with cooking spay.
- To make bars press into a 9x9 pan.
- To make bite sized snacks, spread loosely onto a jelly roll pan.
- Bake at 350 20-30 minutes unyil crisp and golden--watch the snacks, they cook faster.
- Cut or crumble, cool and enjoy!
- Store in an air tight container, they never last more than a couple days at our house so I'm not sure how long they are shelf stable.
- Servings are approximate.
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Wow! These are good! I was a little skeptical while I was making them, I just knew that they would turn out to be a pile of mush, but they didn't!! It was a perfect blend of cereal and fruit!! Thanks for a great recipe that is an unlikely one! I followed the recipe pretty much - used plain Cheerios and multi-grain Cheerios; raisins and dried berries; self-rising flour (because that's the only kind I ever buy) and natural applesauce. Both of my kids even liked this! Okay, well picky 3-year-old just ate the Cheerios out of it, but hey. :)
I was pleased to find out these taste very close to the more expensive healthy cereal bars I was buying. I used 3 T of butter instead of 2, I used cereal pieces and crumbs instead of whole cereal, and I pressed the dough firmly into the bottom of 2 greased loaf pans. I think the extra butter and the finer cereal pieces made them hold together better.
I was looking for a quick and easy snack bar to make for my toddler and this worked nicely. I used Cheerios and a mix of raisins and craisins. I liked that this used applesauce and just a little brown sugar for sweetness, since other cereal bar recipes used corn syrup. I used a little less than the 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour. The result was a soft and somewhat chewy bar, after baking in my 8x8 pan for about 25 minutes. These probably won't be a go-to snack, but I'll definitely try them again the next time I don't feel like fussing with muffin tins and need a quick baking project. Next time I'll try 3/4 cup of dried fruit since 1 cup seemed like a little too much.
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I am a mother of three who loves to cook! I have a 4 1/2 year old girl and two boys, 18 months and 5 weeks. My daughter loves to help me cook, so recipes that she can help with always catch my eye. I think it's so important to have that time with her to teach her and bond with her. I also don't have much time so something delish that can be thrown together with the brood underfoot is a nessecity!