At the beginning of the year, the local grocery store had some great sales on those soft baked breakfast bars and my kids and I fell in love with them. Then the sales were over and those things are crazy expensive when they’re not on sale. So I hunted on the internet for a recipe for an at home version but most of them contained ingredients that I wasn’t sure the kids would like. So I set out to make my own recipe starting with a classic oatmeal cookie recipe and tinkering a bit. The kids and I think these are pretty good. Mr. J describes them as ‘healthy tasting’ but assures me that it’s not a bad thing as he snacks on them.
These go together pretty much just like a cookie only with a lot less sugar and only one egg.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
So you need 1 cup of butter (2 sticks). I generally slice mine into roughly tablespoon sized chunks before putting into my mixer so that it creams more evenly.
After the butter has softened up in the mixer, add 1/2 cup of brown sugar (packed).
After the butter and sugar are thoroughly creamed together, add one egg.
Measure out 2 cups of applesauce, or other mashed fruit of your choice. I’ve made a banana batch and the next batch I’m making will have pumpkin puree. Pick something sweet that you and your family like, but make sure it’s pretty wet or the finished bars will taste very dry.
Add the 2 cups of applesauce to the mixer. Make sure everything is mixed thoroughly before you add the dry ingredients. I stopped the mixer after adding the applesauce to scrape down the sides of the bowl, because even though I have the beater with the built-in bowl scraper, it needs a hand with the butter.
Add 1 tsp of baking soda.
Add 2 cups of flour.
Add 3 cups of old-fashioned oatmeal.
and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, or a spice that goes well with the fruit you have chosen. I plan on using pumpkin pie spice when I make pumpkin ones.
The finished batter, yours should look about the same although different fruit purees have different amounts of liquid and may require more or less flour.
Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. My cookie sheet is a half sheet size and it’s just about perfect. Get all the batter out of the bowl and on to the sheet and place a second piece of parchment paper on top of the batter. Then, using your hands, spread the batter out until it covers the entire cookie sheet. Try to keep the thickness fairly even across the whole pan so that it cooks evenly. Peel off the top parchment paper. Some of the batter will stick to the paper but at least it’s not on your hands.
Put the sheet in the oven and cook it for 15-20 minutes or until it’s a light golden brown. Once they are cool, use a pizza cutter to cut them into squares. We usually get about 24 servings from a pan, I make these at least once a week.
At this point I should have a finished product picture to show you, but we were eating dinner when they came out of the oven and I forgot. I can’t even offer you a picture of a single bar because there are just a few shabby looking pieces left and I just made them on Tuesday (It’s Friday).
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg
- 2 cups applesauce
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 3 cups old fashioned oatmeal
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream together butter and brown sugar.
Add egg and mix thoroughly.
Mix in applesauce.
Mix in baking soda, flour, oatmeal and cinnamon.
Spread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Allow to cool in pan before cutting into bars.
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