Sometimes when I’m making something for the family, I have to check to see if I’ve posted the recipe yet. Usually when that happens, it means I haven’t. And that always come as a surprise to me.
Which is exactly the case with one of our favorite breakfast goodies – Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. We’ve all loved these bars for a long time and they’ve proven to be a big hit with my menu planning customers as well. Why I haven’t posted the recipe before is beyond me, but I figured it was about time I rectified that situation.
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are tasty and filling. They’re consistency is somewhere between a granola bar and a baked oatmeal. Even people that don’t enjoy traditional oatmeal (that’d be me) should enjoy these bars. And best of all, they are super easy to throw together and make a perfect breakfast-on-the-run.
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- 4 c. dry oats (old-fashioned or quick cooking)
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. salt
- 3/4 – 1 c. canola oil
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 c. raisins
1. Dump all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
2. Stir, by hand, just until completely moistened and combined.
3. Press into a greased 13×9 casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into individual bars.
A few notes about this recipe:
~ I’ve always prepared this recipe with 1 full cup of liquid. However, I was running low on oil today and had no applesauce in the house. So, I used 3/4 cup of oil and the bars turned out great! Also, as you can probably tell, I usually use some applesauce in place of some of the oil.
~ If your family isn’t too keen or raisins, you can substitute with other dried fruit. Or, if you’re especially daring, I suppose chocolate chips might work as well.
~ These bars freeze beautifully. I usually wrap the cooled and cut bars individually and then freeze. They can be thawed in about 2 hours, or if you’re in a hurry, cook in the microwave on the defrost cycle for about 20-30 seconds, depending on the size of your bars.