I have always thought breakfast bars are very expensive. However, I am to lazy to get my self out of bed early enough to make anything. So I end up grabbing a bar on my way out the door. The head chef a.k.a my handsome hubby kept seeing many recipes floating around for easy homemade oat bars. So he had to give it a try…
This recipe is for cranberry oat bars but he has made them with only chocolate chips — we call that the “extra” healthy recipe. The chocolate chips kind of turned into dessert bars at our house. Any dried fruit could be substituted for the cranberries if those aren’t your thing.
He usually makes a big batch of these on Sunday and we eat them throughout the week. It is easy to grab and go. While I have never calculated the actual cost of these bars, I am sure it is much cheaper than the store bought brand I was buying and these are MUCH better.
Happy Eating and Saving!!!
- 7 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¾ cup honey
- ½- ¾ cup Dried cranberries
- Non-stick cooking spray.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place oats in large bowl and stir oil into oats.
- Place a layer of aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and spray with cooking spray.
- Place oats on cookie sheet and spread out evenly. Place in oven to toast oats for 15 minutes.
- Place brown sugar and honey in a small pot and place on low medium heat. Stir constantly to help brown sugar dissolve. Mixture will thin as it heats
- Place toasted oats in a large bowl. Pour honey mixture into oats and stir to coat oats.
- Add dried cranberries to the mixture and continue to stir.
- Re-spray the aluminum foil on the cookie sheet lightly.
- Place oat and honey mixture on cookie sheet. Spread out and press mixture down so it is even. Place in oven at 300 degrees for a 15-20 minutes. The longer they bake the darker the oats will become.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes.
- Use a knife to cut cooled mixture into bars or squares.