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    Recipe: Vegan fruity oatmeal bars
    seeit2 posted:
    * 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

    * 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

    * 1/4 tsp baking soda

    * 1/8 tsp salt

    * 1 cup quick-cooking oats

    * 1/2 cup non-dairy butter, softened (I use Earth Balance - regular butter will work too if you can use it)

    * 3/4 cup fruit preserves - any flavor

    Preheat oven to 350* LIghtly oil 8- or 9- inch square pan. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and rolled oats. Add the butter and, using your hands, make a crumbly mixture. (Make sure the butter is well - incorporated - no powder). Press two-thirds of the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Spread preserves to within 1/4 inch of the edge. Sprinkle remaining mixture across the top, and press lightly into the jam. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until lightly browned.

    I make two batches of these at once, then cut them into squares, wrap them in plastic wrap, and freeze them in freezer bags 2-4 bars at a time. Then you can throw the bag into the fridge to thaw overnight, or you can pull individual bars to put into lunch boxes and they thaw by lunchtime.

    I've tried these with commercial applesauce and they come out fluffier but without a lot of fruity taste. (They probably would have been really good with raisins or dates in them though, and lots of cinnamon). I make home made apple sauce and keep it really chunky - that works great with these bars.

    This recipe is from "The Joy of Vegan Baking" by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
    Deb (40) DD (4) Funny, spirited, curious, has a severe milk allergy,  DS (1) fearless and bottomless, peanut allergy
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    crunk05177 responded:
    I am going to try these!! I made my own babyfood for DS2 and now that he is older, he eats the normal processed food and it kills me to feed it to him. How do you make your applesauce? As babyfood, I just steamed and pureed but he is too smart and it isn't tasty enough for him anymore. How much sugar etc. do you add?
    seeit2 replied to crunk05177's response:
    I make my applesauce in the slow cooker. I don't really measure out the ingredients but I'll estimate - I use 6-8 granny smith apples peeled and sliced thin, about 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup apple juice and a ton of cinnamon. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until the apples are nice and soft, then either mash with a potato masher or puree in the blender or food processer. There is not a lot of liquid in the recipe because the apples give off a lot while they cook - you can always thin it out when it comes time to mash.
    Deb (40) DD (4) Funny, spirited, curious, has a severe milk allergy, DS (1) fearless and bottomless, peanut allergy
    crunk05177 replied to seeit2's response:
    I am going to try that one too! Thank you so much! So much better than my plain steamed apples. I'll let you know how it goes in my house!

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