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« on: February 15, 2011 02:42:20 PM »

So I have this dilemma...my son doesn't care for cereal in the morn...what to do?
My solution is to make Breakfast Bars! Grin

~* Breakfast Bars Recipe*~

Ingredients

(These are flexible, and I shall give examples at the end)
  • 2-1/2 cups oatmeal (NOT instant!)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried fruit (I'm using 1/2 cup cranberry & 1/2 cup raisins in my pics.)
  • 1 cup nuts (I'm using peanuts in my pics.)
  • 1/2 cup seeds (I'm using sunflower in my pics.)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (You don't have to use chocolate chips, more about that below.)
  • Spice (This is optional.  Today I used a 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in my Breakfast Bars.)
  • 1-14 fl.oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • Nonstick cooking spray for pan
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Instructions
(You can click on small pic to get a bigger view if desired.)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.  Spray a 9X13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.  In a large bowl mix together oatmeal, coconut, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, and spice.

(I crush my nuts, usually willy-nilly like here when I used a bowl and a ladle to smash them a bit)

Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla to oatmeal mixture, and mix well.
(if using vanilla or other liquid flavoring, add it with the milk so it incorporates well)

Dump oatmeal mixture into prepared pan, and press down mixture into pan, flattening top as you go.
(really press down to compact)

Bake in 250 degree F oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.
(cooling & pic so you can see after baked look)

Cut into 16 bars.  Store at room temperature in air tight container.

Variations:  This is a very adaptable recipe.  You can change it many ways.  Try different dried fruits such as apples, cherries, and blueberries; do chop large dried fruits into smaller pieces.  Try different nuts such as walnuts and pecans.  Try different seeds like pumpkin and sesame.  Spices to can be adapted to taste.  You can leave out the chocolate chips; I have done this and just increased the amount of seeds to 1 cup.  If you don't have seeds, substitute with extra nuts.  It truly is an easy and yummy way to start the day.  ENJOY!

(I had these as a snack. Grin)

Some Breakfast Bar Combos I've Made:
Blueberry Pecan with White Chocolate Chips
Cherry Walnut (with no chocolate but extra cherries, no cinnamon either)
Honey Roasted Peanuts with Raisins and Semisweet Chocolate Chunks
Apple Spiced (with no chocolate but extra seeds, & apple pie spice..I used my own mix but premixed a-okay)
Apricot White Chocolate (no spice added)
...well you get the idea, the combos are endless!
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2011 02:51:28 PM »

Looks yummy! Thank you for the recipe!
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2011 02:51:51 PM »

These sound so much better than store-bought granola bars! I'm gonna bookmark these!
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2011 03:29:41 PM »

Thank you for sharing this recipe! I've been wanting to make granola bars for a while now but didn't really know where to start. Do you know how long their shelf life is?
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2011 03:59:36 PM »

Those look really awesome! What a great idea. I have most of that stuff already, the only thing I need to get is the sweetened condensed milk, and that's not very expensive anyways. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2011 04:10:31 PM »

Do you know how long their shelf life is?
hmmmm....not quite sure...they never last the week in my house
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2011 04:26:17 PM »

Mm may have to try this. I love how versitile it is in case we have different ingredients.
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2011 09:04:22 PM »

These make me wish my son wasnt allergic to oats! 
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2011 09:11:40 PM »

Sounds so good! I wonder what I could sub for the sweetened condensed milk? It's a little high in calories for me if I'm eating all those yummy nuts and seeds! Grin

Oh that's awful leighi123! Poor little guy! I think I might have some problems with gluten so have been searching out alternatives to wheat, so have been focusing on rice and oats lately.
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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2011 10:11:58 PM »

Wow. What an incredible and edible "tute"! I mix these kinds of goodies all the time, but you spell it out well for those who are afraid to experiment. Yup. Just add up how many dry ingredients, and mix in what you like. For yours, about 6 cups of dry goodies, and then the gushies (choc. chips count as a semi-gooshie!) ..  the milk , then spices of choice. Raisins would be good here, too. Or any mix of what you like.

A substitute for the oatmeal would be plain old corn flake cereal. And go a bit shy on the gushies, for that (less milk product). And you can add a bit of honey, depending on what you wish sweetened. Like you said, the options are only limited in what your pantry or grocery store has. Grin

And much cheaper for the kid snacks, or lunch bucket stuff that you can buy pre-packed. And less preservatives.
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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2011 02:20:01 AM »

I've made something similar to these. My kids chowed down so shelf life was not an issue at all!

Thank you for a great tute pinkleo! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2011 07:55:39 AM »

Those look great.  Thanks for sharing the recipe.
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2011 01:56:58 PM »

I can't wait to try this!  I may add some flax seed as well, and was thinking about different add-ins...I think raisins would be great, and maybe some dried apples and cinnamon...now I'm getting so hungry, lol!  Bookmarking this and will hopefully get to try it out soon.  Thanks!
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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2011 07:58:24 PM »

I hope y'all enjoy your treats!  And I can't wait to hear about what fab flavor combos you come up with; I'm always looking for new yummy breakfast bar flavors so please share! (and a pic would be fab too) Grin
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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2011 11:38:23 PM »

I'm thinking S'mores with mini marshmallows, graham cracker pieces, and chocolate chips. Ok maybe that batch will be "dessert bars" instead of "breakfast bars" Wink
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« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2011 04:55:20 AM »

These make me wish my son wasnt allergic to oats! 
You don't have to use oats. You can use extra coconut or nuts or fruit or chocolate chips, or you can sub in puffed rice or puffed wheat or another cereal he can eat, or you can use chunks of graham wafer cookies, or...
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« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2011 04:18:05 PM »

Mmmmmm....  I can't wait to try these!
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« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2011 07:44:18 PM »

Waiting for a pan to come out of the oven!
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« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2011 01:36:03 PM »

these are DELICIOUS!!  I made a batch to take on a flight/to school and they held up really well, and were very filling, which was great for those 4 hour flights when i refused to buy their over-processed gross food  Roll Eyes
I made mine the same as the original, except I used dried cranberries and pineapple instead of raisins and choco chips, which turned out super yum
I do have a question though...mine developed a weird sort of...layer on the bottom.  It seemed to be milk that had sunk down and sort of...caramelized?   It gave them a bit of a peanut-buttery taste, which wasn't bad at all.  Guess i"m just wondering if anyone else has had this happen, and what might be done to prevent it!  I would be afraid to leave out some milk, since they were already a wee bit dry on top...
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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2011 02:02:54 PM »

They are very satisfying!  I too get caramel bit at the bottoms sometimes...not a lot, but I know what you are talking about.

In the beginning, before I started adding chocolate chips, I would heat the sweetened condensed milk slightly (not to a boil, just really warm), and then dumped the rest of the ingredients in the pan and combined.  It helped with the bottom, but it melts chocolate.  Since the bottoms didn't bother me or my family (and I hated cleaning yet another pan), I now skip that step.

I would love to hear if anyone else has a solution...even if it involves another pan. Grin
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This is cool - they would make good fitness snacks for grownups too!  Cheesy Have you tried anything like honey for a sweetener? I'm trying to find ways to use unusual grains I've picked up here and there - and stuff rich in fiber and Omega-3 like flaxseeds. I am concerned whether the sweetened milk might be too sugary for me as I'm on a kick to lose weight and hopefully prevent becoming diabetic (I'm insulin resistant). Well, I might do some tweaking to this and report back! Thanks again! Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2011 08:59:14 AM »

This is cool - they would make good fitness snacks for grownups too!  Cheesy Have you tried anything like honey for a sweetener? I'm trying to find ways to use unusual grains I've picked up here and there - and stuff rich in fiber and Omega-3 like flaxseeds. I am concerned whether the sweetened milk might be too sugary for me as I'm on a kick to lose weight and hopefully prevent becoming diabetic (I'm insulin resistant). Well, I might do some tweaking to this and report back! Thanks again! Smiley
I'm excited to see what you come up with! Grin
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« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2011 11:37:46 AM »

Ooh that looks *really* good!  And easy!
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« Reply #23 on: March 07, 2011 05:27:30 PM »

AHHHH jennie made these for us on Friday! Yummy and fiberific!
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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2011 10:14:23 PM »

Well I attempted these tonight but they were only a partial success. I think I put them in too small of a pan so they were too thick and didn't cook as much as they should have. The ones on the edges were ok but everything in the middle crumbled. I'm not too tore up about it though as I'm going to stick them in a bowl, pour some cold almond milk over it, and call it granola cereal. Delicious!

I subbed some of the oats for rice crispies, did half almonds and half walnuts, sunflower seeds, and half raisins and half dried cranberries. yum!
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« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2011 12:18:33 PM »

I'm in the process of making some, which I don't think I would have managed without Stillatthetop's help.  The boyfriend loves honey and oat granola bars and when she broke down the recipe into wet and dry with the ratio it really clicked for me.  Using one can evaporated milk (It's the same as unsweetened condensed milk) and 1 cup of honey, with six cups of oats, it tastes pretty good. (Of course I can't wait to try it!)  We'll see how they bake up in about an hour. =]
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« Reply #26 on: June 07, 2012 02:00:29 PM »

I'm making some right now for my mate.  Its mostly just nuts cause hes picky.  I'm going to change it abit as I go with each tasting.  I hope to find a perfect match for him soon.
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