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Whole-Grain Breakfast Bars

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield

Serves 16 (serving size: 1 bar)

Take a break from dessert with these fruit and nut breakfast bars. A large bowl can hold a double batch of the dough, and the hearty mix will perform just fine. Bake bars on the same (middle) rack in the oven. 

Ingredients

  • 4.75 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 198
  • fat 7.1 g
  • satfat 0.8 g
  • monofat 2.1 g
  • polyfat 3.8 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 32 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 12 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 141 mg
  • calcium 37 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl.

  3. Place bananas in a large bowl; mash until smooth. Add sugar and next 5 ingredients (through egg white); stir until combined. Add flour mixture, stirring until combined. Stir in nuts and dried cranberries.

  4. Spread dough into a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 bars.

  5. BAKE A SECOND BATCH A large bowl can hold a double batch of the dough, and the hearty mix will perform just fine. Bake bars on the same (middle) rack in the oven. The bars can be a little crumbly, so wrap them individually and pack with plenty of padding to transport or ship overnight.

Cook's Notes

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