Healthy Breakfast Bars -- My Way!

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 50
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 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)
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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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