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Travel Week: Staying Home Apple Oat Bars

I've had to take a lit­tle break from Face­book in the past two weeks. Unless they can cre­ate a func­tion where I can block other people's vaca­tion pho­tos, I can't han­dle it. I'm sure it's not true, but it feels like every­one I know is on a fab­u­lous vaca­tion some­where sandy and sunny. I don't even really enjoy those kinds of hol­i­days to be per­fectly hon­est, but in the final stretch of win­ter called March, I crave it. We're not going away until the sum­mer and I've got a very unat­trac­tive case of vaca­tion envy.

Okay, let me just shake that off! These bars would be a good short-trip snack. So, if you're like me and may only be mak­ing it as far as the drop in cen­tre for March break, these would be the ticket. They're much softer and moister than a typ­i­cal gra­nola bar so I wouldn't take them on the plane (on the way some­where fab­u­lous) but they'd be great for a long car trip, or a short one. To, say, the com­mu­nity cen­tre pool. Or the park. If it's not too freez­ing. Yeah, I'm not over it.…

I found them a bit plain and would add more cin­na­mon and a pinch of salt next time, but they were a hit with the kids this morn­ing at break­fast. Julian who has devel­oped some weird habits includ­ing going days with­out a  meal, sat in his chair and ate one of these with a big grin on his face. I'm def­i­nitely mak­ing them again. This recipe is based on one Laura found on one of her favourite apps from Whole­foods. I tweaked it a bit to suit what I had handy.

Apple Oat Bars

2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups oats
1 cup trail mixed, chopped (I used a mix of dried cran­ber­ries, peanuts, almonds, pump­kin and sun­flower seeds)
1/2 cup ground flax
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tea­spoon cin­na­mon
2 apples, peeled, cored and grated


Pre­heat the oven to 350 degrees

Com­bine all ingre­di­ents together in a large bowl.

Line a 9 inch cake pan with parch­ment or foil. Pour mix­ture into pan and press with the back of a fork or spoon until the top is flat.

Bake for one hour or until golden brown. It will still be soft when it's done! Allow to cool before lift­ing up parch­ment or foil and cut­ting into squares. They will keep for sev­eral days in an air­tight container.


One Comment

  1. These look won­der­ful. I am going to try them. My son is here from teach­ers col­lege work­ing long hours as a stu­dent teacher and needs a grab and go break­fast. I don't think the store bought gra­nola bars are a healthy choice.
    Thank you!

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