So, Dave (my husband !!!!! ???? !!!!!) totally called me out this weekend on my obsession with bars. Not the fun kind of bar to be obsessed with… but the kind of bar you eat when you’re like me and are constantly on the go. I just can’t help myself. There are literally thousands of types and the flavor options are endless! Recently, I discovered a new favorite that happens to be pretty healthy too. I absolutely have to tell you about them. They’re called “Go Macro” bars and I’ve tried almost every flavor… for those of us who can handle foods that taste “healthy”, these are pretty darn good. They aren’t super sweet so if you’re looking for a candy bar type meal replacement, this one’s not for you.
In an attempt to make my own bars this weekend, I tried out a modified version of the Baked Oatmeal recipe from Cooking Light. They couldn’t be easier to whip up and bake on a football Sunday afternoon. I cut these babies up into 8 triangle shaped bars and we have been enjoying the heck out of them this week! I think next time, I’ll try with less sugar and to add some ground flax too? The opportunities are endless. :) While I don’t think these bars can replace my love for on-the-go bars… they are so delicious!
Baked Oatmeal Bars
2 cups Uncooked Old-Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup Light Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 cup Craisins (reduced sugar)
3 Tablespoons Chopped Walnuts
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 1/2 cups Skim Milk
1/2 cup All Natural No Sugar Added Apple Sauce
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
1 large Egg, beaten
1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Combine the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter, and egg in another bowl. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well.
3. Pour oat mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Check on the bars after 20 minutes and if the top starts to brown, place a piece of foil ontop and continue cooking for another 10 minutes. Serve warm.
Recipe adapted from: Cooking Light
Makes 8 Servings