These bars combine a host of healthful ingredients, among them oats and yogurt. Yogurt is an excellent source of many vital nutrients, and is thought to help boost the immune system. Oats are chockfull of health benefi ts while low in fat - great for diets.Try one anytime
- 1 cup (8 oz) vanilla or plain yogurt (in Israel use 1½ containers of plain yogurt plus 1 vanilla sugar) -
- 2 egg whites lightly beaten OR 1 extra-large egg -
- 2 Tbsp applesauce -
- 2 Tbsp milk -
- 2 tsp vanilla -
- ¾ cup brown sugar -
- ½ cup white sugar, optional (I left this out and found them to be sweet enough) -
- 1½ cups fl our (I used whole wheat) -
- 1 tsp baking soda -
- 1 tsp cinnamon -
- ½ tsp salt -
- 3 cups oats -
- 1/3 cup each golden raisins or dried fruit, chocolate chips, and nuts (you can use walnuts; I used a combo of sliced almonds and cashews)
1. Mix the yogurt, egg, applesauce, milk, and vanilla together in a small bowl.
2. In another, larger bowl, mix the sugars, fl our, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
3. Combine the two and then add the oats, fruit, chips, and nuts. Spread this mixture evenly in a 9x13-inch pan lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 20-25 minutes. Do not over-bake. These bars have no added fat and get dry if baked too long. Cool slightly. Cut into 24 bars.
Variation: You can substitute a small amount (1/8 cup to start with) of ground flaxseed and/or wheat germ for the same amount of fl our. It’s a great way to sneak in more wholesome ingredients!
NOTE: These bars can be mixed by hand in a bowl. Less clean up!
TIP: I store these bars in the freezer. In my opinion, they taste best eaten directly from the freezer.
This recipe was featured in Mishpacha Magazine, Issue 98