I found this recipe back when I did most of the cooking for my apartment. I wanted a way to save money, and so I went through the premade food we bought and tried to find substitute recipes. This one was supposed to be a substitute for nutri-grain bars. The original recipe was Almost Nutri-Grain Bars on a blog that looks interesting, though I’ve never actually perused it much. Because in some ways I find this recipe not quite like nutri-grain bars, and in other ways much more delicious and healthy.
I’m not sure what else to say right now, just that I find it quite yummy–and I know because I’m munching on one right now.
- 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats: Old fashioned or instant oats works. I’ve used both at different times.
- 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour: If you have whole wheat flour, use it. This recipe really makes it delightful and the whole wheat flour adds that extra bit of nutrition.
- 2/3 cup of brown sugar: Ooo, this time around I had an extra dark brown sugar and It really popped the flavor. If you know anything about substituting molasses into these things let me know. I think it rounds of the flavor and perks it up wonderfully.
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup of juice: I use whatever I have on hand, apple juice cranberry juice, Apple & Eve Fruitables. . . you get the idea.
- fruit: Okay, I know just saying fruit was vague, but ya. The original recipe calls for 10 ounces of jam and a tbsp of water, which I’ve never done. I’ve used 3 or so pears in a blender with apple butter or strawberries and kiwi. I’ve blended up blueberries etc. This time around I took about 4-5 medium/small apples and used my food processor to itty bitty mince it (then I tossed it with some cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg and mace). Basically get some kind of sauce or minced fruit.
- Mix the oats, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.
- Add the oil, egg, vanilla and juice. Using either a hand mixer, or a fork with your own power, thoroughly mix it.
- Press 2/3 of the mix into a greased 9X13 pan.
- Spread whatever fruit you’ve prepared over the mix.
- Crumble the remaining mix over the fruit.
- Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes.
- Now let it cool before cutting and serving. While it is decently yummy hot it is best after it has cooled down and had a chance for the flavors to meld together. You can then cut them into individual bars, wrap and freeze them, or you can just refrigerate them. They can be eating a couple minutes out of the freezer, but i like em better a couple minutes out of the fridge: still chill but tasty.