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 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.