January 22, 2006

Oatmeal Fruit Bar Cookies

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup flour (i use whole wheat)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sweetener
1/2 cup butter
2 cups fruit (save juice)
2 tablespoons reserved fruit juice

Mix everything together except the fruit and fruit juice until you have a crumbly mixture. Add fruit juice to hold crumbs together.

Spread half of the crumb mixture into the bottom of an 8 in. x 8 in. pan. Spread the fruit on top of that and cover with the remainder of the crumbly mixture.

Bake for 30 minutes at 375 F. The recipe i took this from says you should cut this into 24 bars but between Rob and myself we managed 2 servings each plus I was able to set some aside for his plane trip tomorrow.

Meg Notes: For the one cup flour, I mix in a little of whatever is on hand: freshly ground hard red wheat and corn flour, for instance. For the 1/2 cup sweetener, I've used 1/4 c. sucanut and 1/4 c. maple syrup or just 1/2 c. sucanut. i may try it with agave nectar some time.

Variation: I've also made this with dried fruit mixed with a little orange juice concentrate. I didn't like it as much but Nathan preferred it. Another thought, and I haven't tried this yet, would be to cook down some apples and put them in the middle.