Chewy Oatmeal Fruit Bars

"Delicious & chewy granola-like bars with protein"
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  • 1 12 cups whole wheat flour
  • 12 cup soy flour
  • 2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 13 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 12 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds (optional)
  • 12 cup oil or 1/2 cup butter
  • 12 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup apricot preserves or 1 cup your favorite preserves
  • 14 cup nuts (optional) or 1/4 cup coconut (optional)


  • Directions, Oven at 350 degrees, have a baking pan ready.
  • Mix the dry ingredients together, add the oil and apple sauce and mix.
  • Separate about 2 cups of the mixture. Put the mixture into a pan or two - we used 1 14"x12" pan. You can grease the sides of the pan, but it isn't necessary on the bottom.
  • You want to pack the mixture down and have it be about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Spread on the preserves and then crumble the remaining dry mixture on the top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  • Let cool 10+ minutes and enjoy.
  • Oats & whole wheat are good for fiber, the soy adds some protein, and the apple sauce is a good partial substitute for oil/butter, keeping it pretty moist.

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  1. I give them 5 stars, even though the batch I made wasn't quite perfect. I did NOT want crumbly bars, as one review mentioned, so I threw in an extra 1/2 cup applesauce. The result was a tough heavy oatmeal layer. I think these would prob. be good if made as is. I used juice-sweetened rasp. jelly. Yum!
  2. I followed Neneldae's lead and added only 1 can of sliced peaches (drained). The flavor was very good, but they stuck to the pan and didn't really hold together like I had hoped for a portable breakfast. Sorry.
  3. YUM!! I had to use two cans of sliced peaches (mostly drained) because I didn't have preserves. I used all whole wheat flour since I was out of soy and old fashioned oats works just as well as quick oats! I also added cinnamon to the "batter" and on top before baking along with using chunky cinnamon applesauce. It turned out more like cobbler. So very good!
  4. These were so yummy! Whole family loved them, and they are pretty easy to make too. My 14-month old just went crazy over them! Thank you for a great healthy treat!



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