I posted on Facebook a couple of times about how I've been making breakfast bars and how they are a big hit in my house. My girls just love them! I was asked to share the recipe. It's a super easy recipe that my three year old found in my Good Housekeeping Brownies! Cookbook.
We've been eating these for breakfast and even snacks for the past week. I've been playing around with the fruits used. I just pulled a batch out of the oven that I made with dried apricots. So far my favorite is cranberries. I really love these not only because I love knowing what's in them but also because one bar is just 4 Weight Watchers Points Plus! Its a Win-Win for me! :)
Granola Breakfast Bars
2 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1 cup all-purpose flour (I prefer to use organic flour)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup dark seedless raisins*
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
3/4 teaspoon salt (I generally use kosher salt in all my baking)
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (buy the real stuff not the imitation. You won't be sorry)
*I actually haven't made these with raisins. I've used craisins, blueberry craisins, and dried apricots. My next batch will be with dried apple pieces. Husband hates raisins so I don't generally buy them
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13" by 9" baking pan (cookie sheet). Line pan with foil, extending foil over the rim; grease the foil.
2. In a large bowl, with a wooden spoon, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, raisins (or other dried fruit), wheat germ, salt, and cinnamon until combined. Add oil, honey, egg, and vanilla and stir until completely blended. With a wet hand, pat oat mixture into prepared pan.
3. Bake until pale golden brown around the edges, 30-35 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
4. When cool, lift foil, with pastry, from pan; peel foil away from sides. Cut lengthwise into 4 strips, then cut rack strip crosswise into 6 pieces.
If you want to make these a little bigger and cut into 15 pieces instead of 24 then each piece will be 7 Weight Watchers Points Plus.
So that's it! They're really easy and really delicious and great for when you're on the go with the kids. I hope you enjoy.