Not sure what to call these but they originate in our Chick-a-dee monthly magazine. Yes, that’s right. Hard copy. In the mail. As in snail mail. It’s a gift from my wonderful aunt which originated as Chirp and as the boys have grown they have transitioned (graduated?) to Chick-a-dee. We love it. Everything from games, craft ideas, mazes, puzzles, and this time a fantastic Power Up Energy Bar which caught the eye of a certain five year old – whom we are certain may end up on Iron Chef America one of these days. We all chuckle
and Ben rolls his eyes when we hear him ask why Iron Chef Forgione is no longer making an appearance…or that he’d like to watch Iron Chef Cat Cora today, please.
These bars were fantastic…once we omitted the brown sugar. (Insert smiley face here.)
I will post them as we made them and ah hem, powered through them. (They are nice and chewy so little mouths and teeth really appreciated that quality!)
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup flour (I bet you could sub more oats if you wanted a flour-free bar…making them great for those on a higher protein diet)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dried fruit (we used raisins but would definitely not only increase the amount of dried fruit but also make this a fruit combo…so, raisins and craisins or dried apricot or something)
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup melted (real!!) butter
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (upon reflection, I may have put a full cup in…they turned out great though and if, at the mixing stage they seem a little dry, I would definitely say add more of this!)
Preheat oven to 350. Stir oats, flour, coconut, fruit, cinnamon, and soda in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients and gently stir until blended. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 9×9 pan (I only had an 8×8 and they were great…nice and thick and moist) pan and bake for 25 minutes or, until slightly browned. Cool slightly before cutting into pieces.