Here’s a recipe I stumbled across in my quest to send good, healthy snacks with the kids to school. It is from www.katheats.com. We’re mean parents and only let them buy their snack at school once a week because well, it’s mostly junk food. Hence the reason for my quest. And did I mention I love oatmeal?
Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars
1.5 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I actually omitted the nuts because of food allergies at their school)
1/2 cup dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, apples, etc.)
1/4 cup seeds (I used sunflower but you can also use pumpkin, flax, or sesame)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups skim milk
1 tsp vanilla
Ingredients I added not in original recipe: 1/4 cup wheat germ
3 tablespoons honey
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Pour wet into dry and stir to combine. Pour into a 9×9 baking dish lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on wire rack, then remove from pan and cut into 9 or 12 squares, depending on preferred size.
I loved this recipe for its simplicity and ease. It didn’t take any time to throw the ingredients together and pop the pan in the oven. They turned out beautifully. I must confess I would like them better with nuts. Maybe I’ll make a batch just for me with walnuts because I am addicted to walnuts. But overall, they were great. The perfect size for a snack, and very packable. They freeze well, too, which is a plus. If you’re looking for a new snack idea for your little one(s), I definitely recommend that you give these a try!