Friday, June 18, 2010

Apple Oat Bars

We are on the lookout for a really good fruit bar recipe. Along the lines of a granola bar but with a little fruit. Something that would pack well in a lunch box for Audrey to take with her when she goes to the park. We tried one out today and like it but it in not THE one. It is a little too crumbly and the apples overwhelm the oat bar portion. We found this recipe in our new Chop Chop Magazine.

Apple-icious Oat Bars
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted almonds or pecans
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch baking powder
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, washed, unpeeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • 2 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or light-brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
Turn the oven to 350°F. Put the oats, flours, nuts, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl and mix well. Add the butter and oil and mix again, until the topping is crumbly. Put half the mix down in an 8 x 8 baking dish. Put the apples, cranberries, honey, and flour in a small bowl and mix well. Pour the apple mixture on top of the crust in the baking pan. Using the back of a spatula, press the mixture down until the top is flat and even. Top the apple mixture with the topping left from the bowl and pat it down. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the crust is slightly brown and the apples are soft. Pat the mixture down again. Let cool and cut into squares.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Cut apples
  2. Add ingredients
  3. Mix and add to pan
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Help with apple cutting (they were firm)
  3. Put bars into oven
The taste is really good, like a light apple crisp but it does not hold together. We will keep trying recipes until we find a good one. It may be that we end up making a type of muffin instead. And yes, Audrey has been cooking naked recently. She has a pull-up on just no top. I believe I have mentioned it is hot in Kansas.

The real naked chef.

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