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All-Out Best Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

What you need: 

2 cups oats
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup milled flax or wheat germ
6 tablespoons brown sugar or raw sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional
1/2 cup fat substitute (I use pureed avocados, but have also used bananas and raw peanut butter)
1/2 dried fruit, nuts, flavored chocolate/carob chips, optional

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 9" x 13" pan. In a bowl, mix together oats, flour, flax, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. If using any type of liquid flavoring, add to apple juice.
2. Mix apple juice and fat substitute into dry ingredients. Batter will be sticky, and you might have to mix by hand in the end. Mix in fruit, nuts, and/or chips.
3. Press into pan and bake 30 minutes. Cool and cut. These store well in the fridge in plastic zip bags. Microwave one of these in the afternoon with a cup of tea...you are set!
VERY versatile and my kids love them.

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
15 to 20
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

These were really good and easy. Mine were a little chewy though. I used steel cut oats, maybe that's why? And for my fat replacer I used I mashed banana and 1/4c applesauce. Maybe use more apple sauce next time to keep them a little more moist. And for my add ins I used 1/4c cranberries and 1/4c golden raisins. Also some dried coconut and vanilla extract. Oh and a splash of white balsamic coconut vinegar. 

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Delish! I used banana as the "fat replacer", garbanzo flour (for added protein), and 1/2 c chocolate chips and 1/2 c dried cherries. I also reduced the sugar by half. They turned out fantastic, and are a snap to put together!

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I took this recipe more as a framework than a specific set of ingredients, and it turned out great!  My kids (3 & 6) loved these for snack after school today, and I put the extras in a ziplock in the freezer for those days when I need to pull something together quick for lunches or snacks!

I used quick oats, chia seeds instead of milled flax, whole spelt instead of whole wheat, only 3T of sugar, added 3T of blackstrap molasses.  I used bananas as the fat replacer, and added 1/2c of raisins and 1/2c of chopped walnuts.

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Its baking in the oven right now and I cant wait for it to be done  :)>>> I used chocolate chips and only 1 cup of flour  :)>>> sooo yummy!

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I think these are perfect, they're exactly what I wanted! I love that they're not super sweet because I don't like super sweet things. This recipe is also incredibly versatile and the texture is perfect. I just made them so I don't know how they last. For the fat substitute I used 1 mashed banana (equal to 1/4 cup) and 1/4 cup of applesauce. For the add ins I diced up one dried pineapple ring and 2 dried kiwi fruit. Can't wait to try other variations!

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Really yummy!!  Not too sweet, loved them!
I used agave nectar in place of the sugar, almond butter for the fat, and instead of the wheat flour used gluten free flour (my little girl is allergic to wheat). 
Great healthy recipe, thanks  :)>>>

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Just made these for the first time and really enjoyed them.  I used raw sugar, almond butter for the fat substitute, dried tart cherries for the mix in and almond extract instead of vanilla.  I actually changed it to 24 bars so the calorie count would work in my hypoglycemic diet as a snack (155 cal.).  They were not too sweet, the flavors are not overwhelming in any area and let me enjoy the taste of the cherries.
:)>>>
So far my blood sugar feels good also which is a nice bonus.  The smell while baking also made the house smell wonderful.  My husband was sad he had to leave for work before they were done.

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I have discuss with my wife about this recipes , and she said it is perfect recipes and better than her recipes  :)>>>

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I'm making these right now, they smell delicious. I put raisins as my add-in (I know, not very creative..but next time I'll try cranberries and flax seeds). I can't wait to have them for breakfast!

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:)>>> Thank you for posting this recipe! These came out wonderfully!  I used 1/2 banana and 1/2 applesauce for the fat substitute.  Add-Ins were black currants, dried cranberries, almonds, and coconut.  Family loves them and I'll definitely be making these weekly with all sorts of variations. Great for breakfast on the go, so I know everyone eats healthily even when there's no time!

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