Healthy, filling breakfast bars made with oatmeal, fresh strawberries, honey, and almonds. Easy to make and inexpensive, these tasty bars also make fantastic snacks and can be frozen for up to four months. With such a simple, yummy recipe, you'll never want to buy store bought bars again!
1 1/2cupsmilk(I used unsweetened vanilla almond, but any kind will do nicely)
1/2teaspoonpure vanilla extract
1/2teaspoonpure almond extract
1/2cupstrawberries(hulled and quartered)
1/4cuproasted almondsroughly chopped
Place rack in the center reheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat an 8x8 inch square pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. In a separate large bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, egg, honey, almond butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir to combine . The batter will be very wet. Fold in the diced strawberries and almonds, then pour into the prepared baking pan.
Bake for 35 minutes or until the bars are thickened and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool, cut into bars, and serve.
Storage: Once cooled, bars can be wrapped individually in plastic and kept in the refrigerator for 5 days or frozen in a zip-top bag for up to 4 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours before serving. For a larger yield, increase the ingredient quantities by 1.5 and bakes in a 9x13 inch pan for 25-30 minutes.
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