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    Breakfast Bars/Squares

    Source of Recipe

    Fluffy's Kitchen

    Recipe Introduction

    This is a great base recipe that you can change and adapt to suit your tastes, varying what kinds of dried (or fresh) fruit you use. It's very dense and moist, and a way healthier choice than donuts or pastries for breakfast.

    List of Ingredients

    1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), or you can sub butter flavor Crisco
    1/2 cup apple sauce or apple butter or canned pumkin
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 1/2 cups of Bisquick or any baking mix
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp each of ginger and allspice
    2 cups of old fashioned oats
    1 cup of shredded coconut
    1 cup of dried fruit (chopped dried apricots, chopped dates, dried cranberries, dried mixed berries, raisins, or any combination of these)
    1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts work really well)


    Preheat oven to 375. Line a 9 inch square baking dish with parchment paper, laving the ends overhanging (so you'll be able to lift the cake out with the "handles" later).

    In a mixing bowl on medium speed, beat the butter and applesauce together until light and fluffy. Beat in the sugars well, til nice and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla, beating until well mixed. Turn the mixer down to low and mix in the Bisquick and the spices, just until incorporated (don't overmix). Fold in the remaining ingredients (oats, coconut, fruit and nuts).

    Spread the batter into the prepared pan, and bake 30-40 minutes until a toothpick comes out nearly clean. Cool in the pan for ten minutes, then use the parchment "handles" to lift the cake out to a cooling rack. Cool completely, then cut into small squares.




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