Healthy Breakfast Bars -- My Way!

Healthy Breakfast Bars -- My Way! created by KerfuffleUponWincle

A moist (adult) breakfast bar chocked full of fruit, chocolate chips, and nuts -- Inspired by Recipe #136075 -- If you don't like raisins, feel free to try them with dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried apricots, chopped dates and/or coconut instead! Makes two 13 x 9 Pyrex pans baked at 325F degrees for 30 minutes -- makes 50 squares total . Wrapped individually, bars stay fresh for two weeks -- or freeze them for a Once A Month Cooking (OAMC) adventure! NOTE: For more kid-friendly bars, use apple juice instead of Scotch Whiskey! :)

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1hr 30mins
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ingredients

  • Dry Ingredients

  • 8 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup raisins, do not drain (soaked till plump at least 30 minutes ~ SEE Scotch whiskey, or juice in WET INGREDIENTS below!)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 12 cups finely chopped walnuts (TOASTED dry in an iron skillet)
  • Wet Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups brown sugar (NOT hard-packed)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 12 cup scotch whiskey (substitute bourbon, or apple juice ~ FOR SOAKING RAISINS, ABOVE)

directions

  • Grease two 9" x 13" Pyrex pans.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Combine scotch whiskey (or apple juice), vanilla, and RAISINS, in a microwave bowl ~ microwave for 1 minute and soak till plump (about 30 minutes) ~ do not drain!
  • Combine dry ingredients (except raisins) in large bowl, stirring well.
  • Combine remaining wet ingredients in a large bowl, or an 8 cup measure. Whisk thoroughly for a uniform, lump-free mixture.
  • Pour wet ingredients, including undrained raisins, into dry ingredients. Stir well.
  • Pour into greased pans and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. (Bake pans one at a time, or together side by side on the same rack ~ rotate pans after 20 minutes.).
  • Cool completely and cut each pan into 25 squares ~ I cut mine with a pizza cutter! Wrap individually in plastic wrap ~ bars stay fresh and moist for two weeks! Freeze after wrapping individually, if desired, for a once a month cooking (OAMC) breakfast adventure!
  • NOTE: Dried cranberries, cherries, apricots, dates, and/or coconut (or a combination) can be substituted for the raisins to make a different bar.
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"A moist (adult) breakfast bar chocked full of fruit, chocolate chips, and nuts -- Inspired by Recipe #136075 -- If you don't like raisins, feel free to try them with dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried apricots, chopped dates and/or coconut instead! Makes two 13 x 9 Pyrex pans baked at 325F degrees for 30 minutes -- makes 50 squares total . Wrapped individually, bars stay fresh for two weeks -- or freeze them for a Once A Month Cooking (OAMC) adventure! NOTE: For more kid-friendly bars, use apple juice instead of Scotch Whiskey! :)"
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  1. kitty.rock
    KuW, these are very good. DD helped me put the ingredients together (we only made 1/2 recipe) and we soaked our cranberries in apple juice :) The bars came out super-moist and very flavorful. DH loves them too! Thanks for the great idea ~ will definitely use this recipe for OAMC! Made for MY 3 CHEFS, November 2009!
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  2. KerfuffleUponWincle
    Healthy Breakfast Bars -- My Way! Created by KerfuffleUponWincle
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  3. KerfuffleUponWincle
    A moist (adult) breakfast bar chocked full of fruit, chocolate chips, and nuts -- Inspired by Recipe #136075 -- If you don't like raisins, feel free to try them with dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried apricots, chopped dates and/or coconut instead! Makes two 13 x 9 Pyrex pans baked at 325F degrees for 30 minutes -- makes 50 squares total . Wrapped individually, bars stay fresh for two weeks -- or freeze them for a Once A Month Cooking (OAMC) adventure! NOTE: For more kid-friendly bars, use apple juice instead of Scotch Whiskey! :)
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