Monday, February 3, 2014

Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Breakfast Bars

These breakfast bars really are really more of a dessert, but since they have oatmeal in them, we can go ahead and say they are acceptable for breakfast. I made these last week for play group and they were a giant hit- both mom and baby approved! I started with a base recipe from Martha Stewart and added a couple of extras. Golden raisins, dried cranberries and cinnamon chips make for quite the bite! I'm working on finding a way to clean up this recipe, cutting out the processed sugar and omitting the flour, but for now, enjoy this yummy and decadent breakfast treat!

Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Breakfast Bars
recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

3/4 cup unsalted butter (1.5 sticks)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat, all-purpose flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/3 dup dried cranberries
1/3 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter an 8 inch square baking pan and line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. Lightly butter the parchment paper as well.

In a large bowl, whisk together butter, sugars, egg, salt and cinnamon until smooth. Combine flour, oats, raisins, cranberries and cinnamon chips; fold until just combined.

Spread batter in prepared pan, and bake 25-30 minutes (test with a toothpick, it should come out with moist crumbs attatched) Cool completely in pan. Using paper overhang, lift cake onto a cutting board and cut into 16 squares. 

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