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Oatmeal Bars

January 22, 2011

Saturday.  I didn’t think you would ever get here.  Benzo and I both had stressful, busy weeks at work.  So are we ever glad to see Saturday.  I still might have to work a little bit today or tomorrow, but it shouldn’t be anything too crazy.  I will be very glad when January is over!

So I meant to put this blog post up earlier in the week, but I’m just now getting around to it.  Last Saturday I made some delicious oatmeal bars from a recipe on Oh She Glows that I have had my eye on for several weeks now.  It was Healthy Banana Cranberry Oat Bars.

I feel like I need to have more homemade, healthy snacks around the house.  I usually have fruit and soy yogurt and Larabars on hand, but it’s nice to change it up.  Besides Larabars are expensive!

So when I saw this recipe I knew I needed to try it.  For the recipe see this link:

Healthy Banana Cranberry Oat Bars

Recipe Notes:

  • I had everything I needed already on hand!
  • I left out the unsweetened coconut flakes.  I’m not a huge fan of coconut and I didn’t have any on hand anyway.
  • I used cranberries instead of raisins.
  • I used brown sugar instead of Sucanat
  • I did not add the pepitas as Angela did, but I think that would be a good addition
  • I cut the bars like this so they would be more like bars instead of squares:

These bars turned out great!  They were a real cinch to whip up.  I thought they would be like granola bars, but they turned out more cake-like.  Benzo ate them for breakfast and I enjoyed them as a afternoon or pre-workout snack.  I found one bar to be a very satisfying snack.  It really kept me full.  Because of that I never felt like I wanted to gobble up the entire pan in one sitting, which is often the case with other cookies or bars.  One was enough. 

Next time:

  • I will make a double batch and try to freeze half of the bars individually
  • I will try reducing the sugar to make them even healthier
  • I may try increasing the amount of oats.  I love oats!
  • Although I loved the banana and cranberry combination, I will definitely try different mix-ins for variety.  Some ideas rolling around in my head are walnuts, almonds, chopped dried apricots, mini chocolate chips, pepitas, sunflower seeds, dried blueberries, and chopped dried pineapple.

If I can freeze these bars I may never need to buy granola bars at the store again.  If you have a great homemade granola bar recipe, please share it in the comments.  And what would you mix into your homemade granola bars?

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  1. January 25, 2011 8:15 pm

    I made this recently and put half the batch in the freezer. I wrapped each bar individually, then put them all in a freezer bag. I just ate the first defrosted one today (they’ve been in there about 2 weeks, I’d say) and the flavor was spot on. They seemed a bit more crumbly than the fresh ones were, but still held together pretty well. I’m hoping to make a chocolate chip peanut butter version!

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