Oatmeal Snack Bars
2 cups oatmeal (want it healthier? use Soaked & Ready Oats)
1 cup chopped peanuts (or other nut)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
1 cup sunflower seeds (I didn't have any so I used cashews)
1 cup ground flax seeds
1 cup wheat germ (or you could substitute dried coconut)
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried fruit (I just used more raisins)
1/2 cup honey
1 16 oz jar peanut butter (2 cups)
1 cup fruit spread (jam, jelly)
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl & mix together for about 2 minutes by hand. Take a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan (I would recommend jelly roll pan) and line it with parchment paper. Dump mixture onto pan or cookie sheet, and press down (easiest to do this without sticking if you use another piece of parchment paper between your hands & the bars). Bake for 25 minutes (do not over bake).
You can see in this picture here what stirring it with a spatula did to my spatula! Yes, it is thick & sticky stuff! fyi: The half batch was just the right amount for the pan that fits in my toaster oven.
Once cool, slice into bars & cover. Will keep for several days at room temperature. I would suggest putting half the batch in the freezer and then pulling it out when you're almost out of the first half of the batch. Or, package individually & freeze so they're ready to toss into a lunch box as needed.
This post was written a few days ago and scheduled for today. As you read this my family is on our way to our new home for the next 9 1/2 months- Rwanda! We will spend about 28 hours traveling to get there - almost half way across the world from Washington state. Pray for us!