What we really liked about these is that they are low in sugar and just packed full of good ingredients (my version included dates too). If you don't like dates then substitute raisins or dried cranberries - not a fan of pecans, then walnuts would be fine too. We have a loaded apple tree so I'm always trying to use them up, but feel free to swap out with pears. I'm sure you will find a combination that you will love. I haven't tried freezing them (since they disappearing so fast) but I don't see why you couldn't try that.
Speaking of busy times, September was a whirlwind for me. I was gone three weekends (without the DIY Guy). One weekend I attended a blogger conference called Blended in Arizona, the next weekend I went to Madison WI with a friend to their farmers market and last weekend I met my two sister-in-laws in Chicago for a belated birthday celebration for me. We ate at some wonderful places - Girl and The Goat, RPM Italian and Beatrix. Chicago is definitely a foodie town! AND next up tomorrow I am leaving for NY - this trip is not pleasure as my dad just moved into a nursing home and my brother and I are going for a visit to figure out next steps and move his furniture out of his senior apartment. Wish us luck. I do plan on bringing a few of these for the trip. We'll definitely be needing to keep up our energy.
Apple Pecan Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
- 1 1/2 cups diced apples that are peeled and cored (1/4")
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
- 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 1/2 cup chopped dates
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350
- In a medium saucepan add the apples, brown sugar and honey. Saute over medium high heat about 5-7 minutes until soft - remove from stove and set aside
- In a small bowl combine the four, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
- In a medium bowl combine with a whisk the coconut oil, applesauce, egg, vanilla and maple syrup
- Slowly stir the dry mixture into the wet then stir in the apples, oatmeal, pecans and dates
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and divide mixture into 18 scoops (about 2 tablespoons)
- Place 9 on a cookie sheet and flatten the scoops with your hand. These do not spread out as they bake.
- Bake for 13 minutes or until the outside of the cookie is firm
- Remove from cookie sheet and place on wire rack to cool
- Store in a tightly sealed container
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Need other snack ideas? Try these Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites or these Monster Bites that the kiddos will love!!