There is something special and fun about looking through your relatives’ old recipe books. I found this recipe in one of my aunt’s recipe collections that was copied by her from a recipe my grandma had.It was for breakfast cookies and they were on the healthier side so I
copied it down took a picture with my phone. The recipe had lots of great things in it that are all wonderful for breakfast; oats, whole wheat flour, applesauce, and raisins.
Her recipe suggested making it like a cookie sandwich and filling them with peanut butter or cream cheese. Well, I was a little rushed when I was making this so I decided I would make them in to little bars rather than cookies, next time however I think I will try the sandwich cookie method stuffed with peanut butter.
I love peanut butter or any nut butter! It would also give me an excuse to make homemade peanut butter in my new Vitamix that I received from my awesome husband for Christmas this year. There will definitely be some recipes showing up on here that will be using that fine piece of kitchen equipment. I’ve been having a lot of fun with it and have been quite impressed! So far I’ve used it to make soup, a smoothie, batter for my cherry almond clafoutis, and filling for cannolis.
Anyways back to the bars. I made a couple adjustments to my grandma’s recipe to make them a little more healthy. Her recipe calls for butter which I replaced with coconut oil as well as decreased by a tablespoon. I also used a little less sugar, added a little almond flour instead of wheat germ, and omitted the milk powder only because I didn’t have any. I added a banana into the mix because I had one that was on it’s way to the garbage, I’m glad I did! The bars turned out super moist and flavorful! I found it hard to only eat one. They would go along great with some scrambled eggs or a cup of yogurt.
- 3 T. coconut oil
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/2 t. baking soda
- 1/4 t. baking powder
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/4 t. ground cloves
- 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 ripe mashed banana
- 1 egg white
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dried apricots
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a mixer beat together the brown sugar and coconut oil until well combined.
- Add in the applesauce, mashed banana, egg white, and vanilla. Continue to mix until everything is combined.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flours, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cloves, and cinnamon.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined.
- Fold in the raisins and chopped apricots.
- Spread the batter out evenly in the 8x8 baking dish and bake for 20-25 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let the bars cool completely on a wire rack and then cut them into squares. I cut mine into 12 squares.