Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Gluten Free Recipe
By Fitness and Freebies
Oatmeal on its own is quite healthy but add a dried fruit of your choice along with the other wholesome ingredients in this recipe and you're packing a lot of nutrition in one bar.
2 cups rolled oats, uncooked
1-1/2 cups oat flour*
1 cup (packed) currants, raisins, chopped prunes, or other dried fruit**
1 cup apple juice, or variations below
1/4 cup white or brown sugar (can be omitted, see variations below)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, more or less to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sesame seeds or small nut pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9 inch by 13 inch pan, or two 8 inch by 8 inch pans. Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well. It should be moist enough to form a ball, without extra liquid. Put mixture in prepared pan(s) and spread evenly. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cut into squares while still hot. Wait until the bars cool before trying to remove them from the pan.
Replace apple juice with 1) orange juice 2) a mixture of 1/4 cup molasses and 3/4 cup water 3) 1/4 cup molasses, 2 tablespoons dark rum or flavoring, enough water to make one cup. If you want to up the molasses a bit, you can omit the sugar in the recipe.
*You can make oat flour by putting rolled oats into a blender or food processor and pulverizing them.
**If the fruit is hard, soak it with a bit of water before adding to the mixture. The fruit doesn't soften much in baking. With variation 3, you can use a bit of rum or other flavoring in the soaking water.
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