Thursday, July 26, 2012

Chewy Oat Bars



I recently received some Newman's Own Organic product to sample and review. One product I absolutely loved was their dried fruit! - Newman's Own Organic Dried Fruit I decided I would use this amazing product to make a new recipe! Chewy Oat Bars



If you've ever had an 'Oatmeal to Go Bar' from Quaker, you will be extremely pleased with these chewy bars! They taste very similar, but without all the nasty preservatives and other fillers that Quaker decided would be fun to through into my breakfast bar! While they aren't an exact match (but have no fear..I'm still working and will be until I get a perfect match because I am in LOVE with those Oatmeal to Go Bars... :( but my bank account isn't!) anyways-while they aren't identical, they certainly fit the bill for a soft, chewy, wholesome breakfast bar that is quick and simple to prepare and perfect for rushed mornings!


Let's get it started!






I use 'raisins' very loosely! As you can see from my first picture I used NOO's dried berry blend and craisins, until recently I've basically only used raisins so that is just what I have a tendency to call all dried fruit!






Ingredients:
Wet
-1 TBSP. butter/margarine
-2 TBSP of each:
-honey
-sugar (or sugar substitute)
-maple syrup (can be sugar free)
-applesauce
-1/4 cup raisins~soaked in 1 cup water
Dry
-2 cups oats (or any dry, rolled grain-i.e. barley, rye)
-1/4 cup flour
-1/4 cup coconut
-1/4 cup add-in's (i.e. flax, chia, wheat germ)
-1 tsp. baking powder
-pinch of salt

Directions: 
1. Mix wet ingredients and microwave to melt butter
2. Heat raisins in 1 cup water for about 1 minute in microwave
3. Let raisins sit 10 minutes in water
4. Mix dry ingredients together
5. Drain raisins, reserving water and chop finely
6. Mix raisins with wet ingredients, add in raisin-water
7. Slowly add in dry ingredients 
8. Spread into greased pan
9. Bake at 350* for about 35 minutes (until edges are browned)
10. Cut into bars and allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes
11. Remove bars from pan and cool on rack for another 10 minutes
12. Grab and enjoy a healthy-quick snack, breakfast, treat!






15 comments:

  1. Mmm these look like the perfect camping snack! Can't wait to try them out. When I do, I'll feature them on my blog and be sure to refer back to you :) I'm officially your newest follower and I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve on this lovely blog of yours! Yay for being blog friends! :)

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    1. Well thank you! :) I'm so glad we're new blog friends! Hope your family enjoys these on your camping trip!

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  2. This is an awesome Grab N Go Bar, I often times will have a bar in my purse. I will have to try your recipe, it looks great! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. They aren't just a pretty face...they taste pretty great too! :P

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  4. These look and sound delicious! Found you at Nifty Thrifty Sunday!

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    1. Thanks for visiting-be sure to become a visitor!

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  5. These look absolutely delicious! I can't wait to try them! Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" :-)

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    1. Thanks for hosting! Love your party :)

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  6. Excellent recipe! Substituted Bob's Red Mill Rolled Oats and Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose Flour to make this great treat gluten-free. Also added a few white chocolate chips and topped with dark chocolate drizzle to appetize my chocoholic girlfriend. Thank you so much for this (ridiculously) easy-to-follow guide; this was my first time making home-made bars, and they turned out fantastic!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! I'm so glad they turned out for you! I bet the white chocolate chips made it sooo fancy! That's a great idea, thanks for sharing! Visit again soon :)

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  7. When you say "flax", is that whole flax seeds or ground flax?

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    1. Sorry! I should have specified-it's ground flax. All the recipes I create use ground flax since our bodies digest it more readily.

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  8. Can't wait to try these! Thank you for the tutorial!! Blessings~

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