Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Gluten Free Recipes
Oatmeal on its own is quite healthy. Turn it into Oatmeal Breakfast Bars with dried fruit and other wholesome ingredients.
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:
- Orange juice.
- A mixture of 1/4 cup molasses and 3/4 cup water.
- 1/4 cup molasses, 2 tablespoons dark rum or flavoring and 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.
Extra: Rice Krispie Bars
The long standing, old fashioned, basic rice krispie bars made gluten free with crispy rice cereal.
5 cups gluten free rice crispy cereal
1 package (10-ounces) large gluten free marshmallows or 4-cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup butter or margarine
Place butter in 3-quart casserole dish. Place in microwave oven and melt one minute. Add marshmallows, cover and cook two to three minutes. Remove from oven and stir until butter is melted and marshmallows are well blended.
Add cereal and stir until well coated. Press warm mixture evenly and firmly into a lightly buttered 8 x 12-inch pan. Cut into squares when cool.
Chocolate Dot Variation
After cereal has been stirred into marshmallow mixture, quickly stir in one 6-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate pieces.
Yield: 24 Rice Krispie Bars