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    From Readers Digest
    Oatmeal Peanut Butter Trail Bars
    Preparation time: 25 minutes
    Baking time: 20 to 25 minutes
    Makes 24 bars

    You Will Need
    1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup natural-style smooth peanut butter
    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1/3 cup honey
    1 large egg
    2 large egg whites
    2 tablespoons canola oil
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
    1 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)
    1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or almonds (2 ounces/60 grams)
    1/2 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

    What to Do
    1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Coat a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33-centimeter) baking pan with nonstick spray.

    2. Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the peanut butter, sugar, and honey in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until blended. Blend egg and egg whites with a fork in a small bowl. Add to the peanut butter mixture, along with oil and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add reserved flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula. Mix in oats, dried cranberries (or raisins), walnuts (or almonds), and chocolate chips. Scrape batter into the prepared baking dish. Use a piece of plastic wrap to spread batter into an even layer.

    3. Bake the bars until lightly browned and firm to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a rack before cutting into 24 bars. One serving is one 2 x 2-inch (5 x 5-centimeter) bar.

    Ingredient Note
    If you must avoid peanut butter because of an allergy, you can substitute soy nut butter or sunflower seed butter (for tips on adapting recipes to sunflower seed butter, visit www.sunbutter.com). You can replace the nuts with unsalted roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and/or sunflower seeds (look for unsalted seeds in the bulk bins of natural foods stores).

    Tip
    To avoid wasting the egg yolks, use reconstituted dried egg whites, such as Just Whites, which are available in the baking or natural foods sections of large supermarkets.

    Per serving (1 bar)
    175 calories
    4 g protein
    24 g carbohydrates
    2 g fiber
    8 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat
    9 mg cholesterol
    68 mg sodium
    Nommie

    Thought for the day: Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can't eat it or play with it, pee on it and walk away!

  • #2
    Re: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Trail Bars

    I emailed this recipe to my daughter today and asked her to make them. They are really good! Then we started thinking of different things you could add...like chopped apples, zucchinni. She added chcolate chips to the recipe today. my goodness..this is a keeper!

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    • #3
      Re: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Trail Bars

      I guess this needs to be moved to tried and true!
      Nommie

      Thought for the day: Handle every stressful situation like a dog. If you can't eat it or play with it, pee on it and walk away!

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