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Saturday, May 15, 2010

They always say that you can't have everything.

This is an extremely dated post.
Maybe about a month ago? Hmmm...



Anyways, this thing, this bar, or chewy granola thing that I baked was inspired by Half Baked.
It was after baking all those yummy chocolate goodies, then I realized that I have oatmeal, and I love oatmeal. So why not try to bake something that has oatmeal in it and... less bad.

So after looking at some recipes online, I finally came up with a recipe of my own and created what I call..
The Everything Bar. Because it has everything thing good in it.



Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 1  cup fat free plain yogurt
  • 2  egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1  cup apple sauce
  • 2  Tbsp. milk
  • 2  tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  tsp. baking soda
  • 1  tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  tsp. salt (optional)
  • 3  cups oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1  cup raisins
  • 1 cup mixed dried blueberries, cherries, and cranberries
Directions
Preparation
Heat oven to 350°F.


In large bowl, combine sugars, yogurt, egg whites, apple sauce, milk, and vanilla; mix well.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well.
Add to yogurt mixture; mix well. Stir in oats and fruit.





Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan.


 Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until light golden brown. Let bars cool for 10-15 minutes.










Optional (For sweet tooths’)
Cream Cheese Frosting with Strawberries


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Sliced strawberries (depending on how much you would like)







In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Frost the cooled bar.









Chocolate Frosting
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 Tbl. unsalted butter
Place coarsely chopped chocolate and the butter in a microwave-safe container and microwave at MEDIUM (50 percent power) for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, until the chocolate turns shiny. Remove the container from the microwave and stir the chocolate until completely melted. Spread melted chocolate over the cooled oatmeal bars. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Make sure you wait till bars cool before you spread frosting or else it would melt!


And this is the end result :)

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I am not so much of a sweet sugary fan, so if I ever bake this again, I would not have any frosting on it. I'd rather cut it up to pieces, and save em for a week or more's worth of breakfast. I you want it healthier, you can always add flax seeds, sesame seeds, etc. That's why It's called an Everything Bar.


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