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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?

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very versatile, and delicious!

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:)>>> We have been making these regularly sevaral months now. We use a combination of nut butters and applesauce for the "fat" ingredient, and a combination of brown sugar and dark agave nectar for the sweetener. The mix-in vary from one batch to another, but some of our favorites are pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans, cranberries, raisins, coconut, and dairy-free mini chocolate chips. Our kids love them, and we often serve them warm with tea for breakfast or a snack.  They remind me a little of Honests bars, but less sweet.

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I hate to be negative, but these really weren't that good. I used apple sauce rather than apple juice, so that might be part of it, but I don't think I'm going to make these again.

They've got a very doughy, dense texture, and if you use peanut butter for the fat substitute (like I did) the flavor becomes overwhelming.

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I followed the recipe exact (I used very ripe banana for the fat) and it tasted great. They were a little hard though, esp after having been in the fridge for a few days. Is there anything I can do to soften them up?

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These sound wonderful! So, if I'm out of apple juice, what other liquid can I use? Apple sauce? water? Rice milk?

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Not bad. Naturally sweet goodness packed in a chewy breakfast bar. I used bananas, dried chopped dates, cinnamon and nutmeg for this recipe. They weren't too sweet. Tasted great out of the oven with a cup of cold soy milk.

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I'm very glad I found this.  I went from being a meat eater straight to vegan.  I was afraid that I would be hungry all the time.  But you know what, with this breakfast bar i'm not hungry for a llloooonnnggg time! It's so filling and good, and you can put whatever you want in it.  I'm going to keep making this until I find the perfect blend of dried fruit and nuts. Thanks so much for this!!!

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:)>>> :)>>> :)>>> :)>>> LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE!!! i make a batch everyweek and then put them in Ziplock baggies then the kids and i have breakfast without thinking about it!!! I did though use apple cider for the apple juice.. i put in some apple sauce (because i like chewy bars) then for the fat i added some PB.. mixed in some dried fruit and there ya go!! THANK you sooo much.. Will post a picture later when i remember to do so.. LOL.. thanks again...

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great recipe!! Turned out great

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