So one of my children is a big fan of oatmeal in the morning – and a huge fan of chocolate chip CLIF bars – so thought I would try to make her something she could just grab on the morning she is running late (which has been a lot lately) so I went on a mission and found this recipe – hope you all enjoy!!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars
Makes 16 bars or 32 squares
2 cup oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup peanut butter or applesauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup oil or applesauce
1 1/2 cup milk or almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
3/4 cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease two 4 1/2 by 8 1/2-inch loaf pans.
Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Beat together the peanut butter, sugar, and oil with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then, whisk in the milk by hand – carefully, so you don’t splatter. Stir in the vanilla.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and fold to combine. Stir in chocolate and 1/2 cup nuts and pour the batter into the two prepared pans. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining nuts(optional)
Bake the bars for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden. Using an offset spatula, loosen the bars from the pan and turn onto a rack to cool completely. When cool, cut each pan into 8 bars. If you want smaller servings, cut each bar in half. Store in the fridge.