One thing that kept me guessing for so long was the ingredient list. While many call for delicious things like goba berries, chia seeds, flax and other good-for-you ingredients, I didn't have any of these things on hand. What I did have are my staples - rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit and spices. So I made a decision to stick with my indecision on their recipes and make up my own.
Baking is also optional with this one. At first, the hubs and I dove in to the uncooked bars and loved them, but I baked up the rest to see how it changed things. Basically, they just hold together better if baked. And if you like pop-able items, just roll them into balls and you're good to go. But enjoy, none the less.
Ridiculously Easy Oatmeal Nut Bars
- 1 c oats, rolled or quick-cooking
- 1 c walnuts, toasted
- 1/2 c dried figs
- dash salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 c fat free sweetened condensed milk
To toast the nuts, place in a single layer in a pan over medium heat. Cook for 7-10 minutes, tossing nuts frequently, until they become fragrant.
Combine toasted nuts, oats, dried fruit, cinnamon & salt in a food processor. Process until grainy. Add the sweetened condensed milk and process until a very thick "batter" is formed. Like a bread pan with foil and press in mixture until very compact. Bake for 20 minutes at 250 or refrigerate for 15 minutes. Cut and serve.
Whole grain, nut and fruit goodness. Love these suckers.