I don’t know about you all, but I love breakfast. I am most definitely not one of those people that can just skip over it as if weren’t there for a purpose. Coffee and breakfast, then we can talk. 🙂
It seems like most people like the idea of something quick and easy to eat on the go, which makes sense. D’s day starts at about 5:30 so he grabs his breakfast to eat at the office, proclaiming “it’s too early to eat.” Rather than having him buy his breakfast at work, I try to have something on hand for him. It used to be these butter and sugar packed little granola bars, but he said he wanted something different and lighter. I have tried a few recipes and altered them to his taste, but no dice. Until now.
Chewy Cranberry Oat Bars have done the trick. They aren’t sugar or fat free, but there’s no butter and the they’re full of oats! Win.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1 1/4 c. flour, 1/4 c. ground flax seed, 4 c. oats, and 3/4 c. each sugar and brown sugar. To that, stir in 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp salt, and 2/3 c. craisins. I used Cherry craisins and they were really good. Use whatever dried fruit you have!
In a separate mixing bowl, add 4 eggs, 1/2 c. canola oil, 1/2 c. applesauce, and a scant TBSP vanilla. Whisk together and add to the dry ingredients.
Now mix it all together, and add to a greased 13×9 baking dish. I used 2 pie pans, as you can see below, because I wanted to cut them into wedges. Either way!
Once you have the dough evenly spread into the pan(s), bake in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes, or until the edges are starting to brown.
Cool completely and enjoy! If you aren’t going to eat them right away, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and store in the fridge or freezer.
Chewy Cranberry Oat Bars
1 1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. ground flax seed
4 c. oats
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2/3 c. craisins
1/2 c. applesauce
1/2 c. canola oil
1 scant TBSP vanilla
1. Add the first 8 ingredients to a large mixing bowl, and stir together.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the last 4 ingredients together, and then add to the dry ingredients.
3. Once the mixture is combined, add to a greased 13×9 pan or 2 greased pie pans. Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes, or until the edges are browned and the bars are set.