Whenever I'm working on recipes for weelicious, my husband relishes his job of being one of our most skilled taste testers. He and Kenya, side by side, will give me their "oohs and aahhs" when I've nailed it and the occasional thumbs down (how dare they?!) when I don't meet their high standards.
When I set off to create this recipe, I knew the challenge was going to be whether I could keep it moist and healthy. On the first try, with a slightly different recipe and cooking time, I thought the crust was a bit to dry. My husband disagreed and declared them a masterpiece. On the second try, with a few tweaks, I came up with this version, which is so yummy and perfect for kids school lunch boxes.
The other day, Kenya sat on his daddy's lap with the new batch and rejoiced as they dug into square after square of this treat. I have to say, this goes down as one of our family's favorite recipes because it's healthy and packed with fiber and other nutrients, as well as being sweet but not in a loaded with sugar and the junk you'll find in a store-bought equivalent.
I guarantee I will be coaxed into making these once a week during apple season (it could be a long winter for mommy)!
Fruit and Oat Crumble Bars (Makes 18 Bars)
- 2 Cups Whole Oats
- 1 Cup Flour
- 2 Tbsp wheat germ
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
- 10 Tbsp butter
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds)
- 1/4 Cup honey
- 2 Cups Apple Butter, or 1-10 to 12 Oz Jar Sugar Free Fruit Preserves
Preparation1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place all the ingredients except the apple butter or preserves in a food processor.
3. Pulse until the ingredients are combined and oats and nuts are in small pieces.
4. Press all but 1 cup of the mixture into the bottom of a greased 11 x 7 inch pan.
5. Cover the oat mixture with apple butter or preserves.
6. Crumble the remaining 1 cup of oat mixture over the apple butter or preserves.
7. Bake for 30- 35 minutes.
8. Cool, cut and serve.