Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Wake up your breakfast routine with this tasty and hearty oatmeal bar recipe from the folks at Quaker Oats. Start your day with the goodness of these natural ingredients to keep you satisfied throughout the morning.

Ingredients

1 cup old-fashioned or quick oats (not instant)
1 bag mixed dried fruit (7 ounces)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup – unsweetened almond or peanut butter
1 tablespoon low fat or fat free milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F; lightly coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. In a bowl, toss together the oats, dried fruit, sugar, coconut, walnuts, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a second bowl blend together the honey, olive oil, almond butter, milk, and vanilla. Pour honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir until completely coated. Pour mixture into prepared pan and press firmly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until beginning to brown and turn bubbly. Remove from oven, let stand for 10 minutes, then cut while still warm. Let cool completely before removing from the pan. Store in airtight container. Bars will last up to a week.

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