Monday, June 30, 2008

Almond Oatmeal Bars (dairy free and lower carb)

This recipe is modified from a recipe by my friend Brandy. Modified to be lower carb, higher protein, higher fiber and dairy free (I am sure it would be excellent with chocolate chips but then the kids couldn't eat it!).
Almond Oatmeal Bars

¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
½ cup wheat germ
¼ cup almond meal
2 ½ cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup flax meal
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup oil
½ cup applesauce
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup sliced almonds

Mix the whole wheat pastry flour through to and
including the flax meal in a large mixing bowl.

Mix the sugar through the vanilla in a separate
container. Add the wet to the dry and the almonds and mix.

It'll be kind of clumpy, but put it all in a lightly greased 9X13 pan
and kind of push it down so it's even. Bake at 350
for 15 minutes. When it's cool, cut into bars.

Notes: While quite tasty these are really crumbly. Not super sweet. Next time I think I will cut out the almond meal and use a 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup applesauce - reducing applesauce may mean that I need to add a little more sugar too or maybe honey.


Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

Yum! Looks good!

As for the chocolate chips... thought I'd mention that Wal*Mart's brand of semi sweet is dairy free. They do have the disclaimer of being in a plant that process dairy, though. However, Witt has eaten them with no reaction.

The chips also make those oatmeal bars a little less healthy, though, don't they? heehee! :)

justkc said...

Thanks, Becky! I actually don't give the kids chocolate at all because my oldest has a chocolate "allergy" in that any little teeny tiny bit of chocolate makes him insane. It is like preschooler crack for him. But that is a good tip for later for William! Thanks! :)

Becky @ Boys Rule My Life said...

oh, cool! just kidding... :)

I go a little insane without chocolate. hahaha!

Have a great 4th weekend!