Breakfast Recipes – Baked Bars with Fruits and Nuts

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chef Sheilah Kaufman demonstrates how to make baked bars with fruits and nuts.

    Sheilah Kaufman: Hi! I am Sheilah Kaufman, Cooking Teacher, Cookbook Author, Culinary Lecturer, and Food Editor. And today we're going to make a fabulous Baked Breakfast Bars. You know when you use canola oil in baking, your product is very moist with a soft texture.

    These are the ingredients you will need. We're going to start with the 2 cups of fat-free milk followed by 2 large eggs. I want to make sure you beat those eggs up good, if you like you can use a whisk, just for this step. Then we're going to add a quarter cup of canola oil, and three-fourth cup of sugar.

    Keep stirring, we want this really well mixed, 11/2 teaspoons of baking powder, and a teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of cinnamon. I love cinnamon. Get it really well mixed together. Now we're adding 31/2 cups regular oats, not the quick cooking kind, but the long cooking regular ones. Mix it really well. You want to get all that cinnamon and eggs and everything mixed in with the oats.

    Then we're going to take golden raisins about a half a cup. I like golden raisins better than the black ones, they don't burn as easily. Then we're adding about half a cup of dried cherries, love cherries. Cherries are really very healthy for you too. And then optionally, you could use some fresh blueberries, or some dry blueberries.

    Finally, we're going to add about a tablespoon-and-a-half of chopped pecans, and mix it really good and we're ready to get this ready for the oven. I'm going to take an 8x8-inch baking pan, canola spray, great for baking, low calories, and we're going to pour this in to the prepared pan. I want to spread it evenly, ready for the oven.

    Now if you're really want to, and you're into health to a larger degree, you can sprinkle flaxseeds across the top of this. Now that our Breakfast Bars are baked and cooled, we're going to cut them and individually wrap them for the freezer. So we can get about nine nice sized bars. They're very filling, let me get them out. Put them of tin foil, wrap them up tight, and throw them in the freezer.

    And when you're ready to eat them in the morning, you take them out frozen, put them in your cereal bowl with a little milk and nuke them in the Microwave for 1 minute. That's it!