Breakfast Bars

Ingredients

1 cup - old-fashioned or quick oats (not instant)
1 bag - mixed dried fruit (7 ounces)
¼ cup - sugar
½ cup - shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
¼ cup - chopped walnuts (optional)
½ teaspoon - salt
¼ teaspoon - ground cinnamon
¼ cup - honey
2 tablespoons - olive oil
¼ cup - unsweetened almond or peanut butter
1 tablespoon - lowfat or fat free milk
½ teaspoon - vanilla extract
Makes 8 servings

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F; lightly coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. In a bowl, toss together the oats, dried fruit, sugar, coconut, walnuts, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. In a second bowl blend together the honey, olive oil, almond butter, milk, and vanilla. Pour honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir until completely coated. Pour mixture into prepared pan and press firmly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until beginning to brown and turn bubbly. Remove from oven, let stand for 10 minutes, then cut while still warm. Let cool completely before removing from the pan. Store in air tight container. Bars will last up to a week.

Nutrition

240 calories; 8 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g protein; 39 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 50 mg sodium; 20 mg calcium (2% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using fat free milk.