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Rolled Oat, Cranberry + Walnut Breakfast Bars

Rolled Oat, Cranberry + Walnut Breakfast Bars

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I don't know about you all, but I'm ready for some lighter food! Thanksgiving was delicious, and the leftovers have been great, but I'm ready to pack up the biscuits and stuffing and save them until Christmas (when I'll be ready to pig out on them again). This weekend I'm looking for some whole grains, lighter options, and something to snack on while I hang out with the family. I ran across these breakfast bars in the latest edition of Cooking Light, and they looked like the perfect way to keep all of our visiting family full in between all these big holiday meals.Rolled Oats Breakfast BarsThey're also really portable, so you can easily grab them on the way out and always have a nice and healthy snack at hand. We don't have any kids around, but these would be a great alternative to the granola bars that kids are always sneaking out of the kitchen. They're also really easy to make - you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already. And you know those brown bananas that you're always using for banana bread? Here's another option for them. Although I love banana bread, sometimes I just want something a little different. There's only so many loaves of banana bread I can eat...so breakfast bars, here I come!

Rolled Oat, Cranberry, and Walnut Breakfast Bars
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Serves: 16 bars
These whole grain cereal bars are a great alternative to store-bought granola bars. Additionally, it's a great way to use up those brown bananas!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used non-fat, but you can use whatever you have handy)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries (or raisins or dried blueberries)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Place bananas in a large bowl; mash until smooth. Add sugar and next 5 ingredients (through egg white); stir until combined.
  4. Add flour mixture, stirring until combined. Throw in your nuts and dried cranberries.
  5. Spread the dough into a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  6. Bake at 375° for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 bars.

Rolled Oats, walnuts, and cranberry breakfast bars

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