Homemade Fruit and Nut Oatmeal Bars

I’m a huge fan of a grab-and-go breakfast, but I don’t love all the added sugar. What’s great about this recipe is you can use the oatmeal, banana and applesauce base as a start, and get really creative with the additional ingredients. I added blueberries, raisons and nuts- but you can add whatever you’d like. Dark chocolate, peanut butter chips, dried cranberries and almonds would all be delicious! I want to give you a heads up that this recipe does not produce a super crunchy bar- I would liken the texture to a warm oatmeal cookie. Give the recipe a try, and let me know what ingredients you threw in!

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Homemade Fruit and Nut Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

  • 5 bananas (super ripe work best)
  • 1 cup of applesauce
  • 1 package of blueberries
  • Sprinkle of pumpkin seeds (or nut of choice)
  • Sprinkle of raisons
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups of Quaker Oatmeal (or any brand that isn't instant)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Beat applesauce and bananas in a large bowl.
  3. Add vanilla, spices, seeds and raisons.
  4. Add oatmeal and mix. I like to use my hands.
  5. Fold in blueberries.
  6. Once mixture is well blended, coat large pan with coconut oil spray. If you've added a lot of extra dry ingredients, you can add a little more banana and applesauce to make sure everything is coated.
  7. Pour mixture onto the pan and smooth flat with your hands.
  8. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes (checking every so often).
  9. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. These are great cold, or heated up with a glass of milk.

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