Friday Feast on Wednesday: Oatmeal Bars

I love to snack. I love to bake.
And my kids do, too.
I try to find new snacks and baked goods that are healthy, too.
Sometimes, it’s struggle.
Sometimes, I happen upon something like these tasty treats.
They’re packed full of oatmeal and dried fruit – and they’re delicious!
They pack well into school lunch boxes, and they’re handy to have on the go.

Oatmeal Barsoatmeal-bars
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup wheat germ (If you have it, great! If not, don’t worry!)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 cup dried fruit
(cranberries, raisins, apples, whatever you wish)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat butter with wooden spoon until creamy.
Stir in sugars and beat until light and fluffy.
Stir in egg and 1 tablespoon of water.

In a medium bowl, toss oats, wheat germ, flour, cinnamon and salt.
Add fruit.
Stir dry ingredients into butter mix.
Firmly pat dough into greased 9×13″ pan.

Bake for 25 minutes.
Let cool completely and cut into 24 bars.

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