Healthy Children - September 2012

 

Fruit and Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients
6 tablespoons grape seed oil, or other neutral oil, plus extra for brushing pan
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit, such as raisins, cherries, apricots, papaya, pineapple and cranberries (at least 3 kinds, cut into small pieces if large)
1 teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon.
Preparation
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Line a 9-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper or foil, letting a few inches hang over side of pan. Brush with oil.
Spread oats and seeds on another baking pan and toast in oven just until golden and fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes, shaking pan once.
In a saucepan, combine oil, honey, brown sugar, maple syrup and salt. Stir over medium heat until smooth and hot. In a mixing bowl, toss together toasted oats and seeds, dried fruit and cardamom. Pour hot sugar mixture over and stir until well combined.
While mixture is warm, transfer to prepared pan, pressing into pan evenly with an offset spatula.
Bake until brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack and let cool completely. Using the overhanging foil or paper, lift out of pan and place on a work surface. Cut into bars, about 1 1/2 inches by 3 inches.

Reprinted from the Healthy Recipes from the White House to You
Healthier US School Challenge Celebration, The White House October 17, 2011