If you are looking for an alternative to the store bought breakfast bars this is the recipe for you. When you make it yourself you know exactly what you are getting. This bar recipe is one that has great taste and is nutritious. I've made it many, many times and it has become a family favorite!
Blueberry Oat Bars
Source: Hy-Vee Test Kitchen (Hy-Vee.com)
2 cups uncooked quick oats
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 cup sliced almonds
9 Tbsp wheat germ
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp Spenda brown sugar blend for baking
2 Tbsp salted butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 (4 oz) package of dried blueberries
Combine the oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds and wheat germ on a large baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until oats and almonds are light brown.
Meanwhile, combine the honey, Splenda brown sugar blend, butter and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Stir in oat mixture and blueberries. Press mixture firmlly into an 8X8 inch baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray.
Bake at 300 degrees F for 25 minutes. Allow bars to cook before removing from pan. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Serves 15 (1 bar each)
Nutrition information (per serving): Calories: 210; Carbs: 29 g; Cholestrol: 5 mg; Dietary Fiber: 5 g; Fat: 8 g; Protein: 6 g; Sat Fat: 1.5 g; Sodum: 15 mg; Sugar: 15 g; Trans Fat: 0 g
This is another recipe that you can easily change up by using a variety of dried fruits, cranberries, cherries, you name it! Just do not use any frozen berries! I did it once and it added to much moisture to the bars - they did not hold a shape at all. In fact you practically had to eat them with a spoon they were so crumbly. Tasty...but crumbly!
This picture is the toasting of the oats, pumpkin seeds, almonds and wheat germ.
This picture is of the honey, brown sugar, butter and vanilla being heated in the saucepan.