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2011-07-19

Tasty Tuesday - Apple Oatmeal Bars

I'm not sure if that is the right title....

See, I had a hankerin' for oatmeal cookies, and I wanted to use up a bunch of apples we had, so I started playing around. And guess what? After the apples were all shredded, then I realized I didn't have any margarine, butter, applesauce... nothin'. All I had was veggie oil ...and mayonnaise. Which I used, no problem, but I do think the texture of these "bars" would have been closer to what I imagined had I had some butter. They are more like a cake or a muffin, not at all crisp like a cookie. Oh well. They did satisfy my craving, and Toad loves them - since they aren't too bad health wise, and feel like a muffin, he plans to have some for breakfast in the morning! Let's call them ...

Apple Oatmeal Muffin Bars

Ingredients
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. low fat mayonnaise
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. liquid egg whites (or 4 egg whites)
5-6 peeled & shredded apples (about 3 1/2 - 4 cups)

2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

2 c. oats
1 c. chocolate chips

Method:
  • In large bowl, stir together oil, mayonnaise, sugars, and egg whites until frothy and well blended. Add shredded apples. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, combine flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon & salt, sift until well blended. 
  • Add flour mixture to apple mixture. 
  • Stir in oats until well blended.
  • Add chips. 
  • Spread into greased 15 1/2" x 10" bar pan/stone. Bake at 350 for 18-20 min or until it springs back upon touch and toothpick comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

How the kids can help: measure and pour ingredients, mix ingredients, eat apple peels so they won't be discarded, taste test the chips ;-). And oh, don't forget to plant those apple seeds!

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