I have this love of oatmeal that is in-explainable. I am at a loss of words for how I feel about it. It makes me who I am today. It completes me.
Although, I must admit . . .I don't like prepared oatmeal aka a bowl of mush. Yuck. Can't stand it (it's a texture thing). I do enjoy oatmeal in all other forms though: granola, pancakes, cookies, breads, muffins, etc etc etc.
And thus, I was searching for a new breakfast option. The protein bars I so love are a little bit spendy. So, I thought I would try to find something else to have for breakfast. I'm not a health nut by any means. But, I do love oatmeal and I like something sweet in the mornings. As well, it must keep me full until lunch time. These seem to fit the ticket for me. I tweaked this recipe. Next time, I may try to sub some applesauce in place of the oil.
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
4 Cups Oatmeal
1.5 Cups Flour
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Canola Oil
3/4 Cup Raisins
3/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
3/4 Cup Coconut Flakes (unsweetened)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Measure out the dry ingredients into a large bowl (oatmeal, flour, both sugars, salt and cinnamon). Stir together to combine.
Step 2: Add the eggs and oil to the dry ingredients. It may be a little tough to mix together using a spoon - I ended up using my hands to mix it all together.
Step 3: Add in the raisins, chocolate chips and coconut. Mix well. Holy Moly . .. does this look good already or what?!?!?!?!
Step 4: Spray a 9x13 cake pan and press mixture into the pan.
Bake for 20-25 minutes - until it is slightly puffy and the edges are starting to turn golden.
I cut the pan into 24 bars. 1 bar = 240 calories, 2 grams fiber and 5 grams of protein. And they are delicious!!!