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11.4 Oatmeal Breakfast Bars




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This article is from the Children Allergies and Asthma FAQ, by Eileen Kupstas Soo kupstas@cs.unc.edu with numerous contributions by others.

11.4 Oatmeal Breakfast Bars



2 cups rolled oats, uncooked
1 - 1/2 cups oat flour*
1 cup (packed) currants, raisins, chopped prunes, or other dried fruit**
1 cup apple juice, or variations below
1/4 cup white or brown sugar (can be omitted, see variations below)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, more or less to taste
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sesame seeds or small nut pieces


Preheat oven to 375 (F). Grease a 9 inch by 13 inch pan, or two 8
inch by 8 inch pans. Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well.
It should be moist enough to form a ball, without extra liquid. Put
mixture in prepared pan(s) and spread evenly. Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and cut into squares while still hot. Wait until
the bars cool before trying to remove them from the pan.

Variations:

Replace apple juice with 1) orange juice 2) a mixture of 1/4 cup
molasses and 3/4 cup water 3) 1/4 cup molasses, 2 tablespoons dark
rum or flavoring, enough water to make one cup. If you want to up
the molasses a bit, you can omit the sugar in the recipe.

*You can make oat flour by putting rolled oats into a blender or
food processor and pulverizing them.

**if the fruit is hard, soak it with a bit of water before adding to
the mixture. The fruit doesn't soften much in baking. With variation
3, you can use a bit of rum or other flavoring in the soaking
water.




 

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