In my never-ending quest for new oatmeal recipes, I have stumbled upon this one from here. They are packed with healthy stuff (whole grains, nuts, fruit) and fairly low-calorie and definitely low-sugar. You know me, always struggling to be healthy. The thing I liked about this recipe is the mix n match of ingredients. I used what I had in the house - which happened to be walnuts, sesame seeds and prune. It doesn't sound that appetizing, but it truly is yummy; they have a chewy, cakey texture that I absolutely love. I think these would be very good with apricots/coconut and cannot wait to try them again going that route.
Baked Oatmeal Bars
1 and 1/2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts of Choice (almonds, walnuts, etc)
1/2 Cup Dried Fruit of Choice (apricot, raisin, etc)
1/4 Cup Seeds of Choice (sesame, pumpkin, sunflower, etc)
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 and 1/4 Cups Skim Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease/Spray a 9x9 baking dish and set aside.
Step 2: In a medium sized bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, fruit, seeds, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, egg and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
Step 4: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine.
Step 5: Pour the mixture into the baking dish and bake for 40 minutes.
A. The only sweetness is from the dried fruit. If you feel this needs sugar, add about a 1/4 cup to the dry ingredients.
B. These will likely only last about 3-4 days sitting on the counter or in the fridge. Wrap individually and freeze for extended life.