With back-to-school right around the corner, I’m looking for easy and nutritious snacks for my kids. These oatmeal bars from Life Made Delicious are just that. I whipped up a batch last weekend and the kids devoured them. Because they contain nuts, they aren’t appropriate for my kids to bring to their nut-free school, but they make a great breakfast on the go, or a great after-school snack. My kids are in lots of extracurriculars after school – dancing, soccer, swimming, etc. and sometimes they need to grab a quick and filling snack before we head out the door. These bars are protein-rich and help stave off hunger for awhile. These oatmeal bars are different from other oatmeal bars we’ve had before because they not only contain oats, but they contain a favourite breakfast cereal too – oatmeal crisp.
Here’s the recipe:
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup diced dried fruit – I used dried blueberries, dried cranberries, and dried apricots
2 cups Oatmeal Crisp Cereal – I used almond
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1. Grease bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan with small amount of butter.
2. In 3-quart saucepan, heat sugar, butter, honey and cinnamon to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in dried fruit. Stir in remaining ingredients.
3. Press mixture in pan with back of wooden spoon. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Cut into bars.
After cooling for 30 minutes, my bars didn’t want to stay together so I popped them in the freezer for awhile. This helped firm them up quite a bit so I was able to cut them into squares and bars. Then I wrapped them in wax paper and placed them in an air-tight container for the kids to grab-an-go!
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