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Cooking Time: approximately 40-45 minutes
Serving Size: 1 piece, Serves approximately 8-12
1 Slice on the Slice Plan.
2 cups quick oats OR 2-¼ cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 1/3 cups fat-free or 1% milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla
½ cup Dried fruit pieces and/or chopped nuts (optional)**
Heat oven to 350º F. Coat an 8-inch square glass baking dish with oil or cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, and granulated sugar. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine milk, eggs, and vanilla; mix well. Add to oat mixture; mix well (add fruit/nuts at this time if desired). Pour into baking dish.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until center jiggles slightly. Remove from oven to cooling rack.
Turn-Out & Storage
You can enjoy this hot but unless you’re sharing there should be a substantial amount left. Once cool, slice it into 8-12 pieces. Wrap each slice individually and put half in the refrigerator in a sealed container or plastic bag and the other half in the freezer.
They may be stored for up to a week under refrigeration and months in the freezer.
*When you need an on-the-go snack, these are great to carry in your bag. Admittedly, the texture differs a bit from your typical granola bar - it’s more "chewy" than "crisp". The real joy in these bars is knowing that you made them with your bare hands with ingredients that you personally selected. It’s a good feeling!
**You can also try diced apples with walnuts, pumpkin with pecans, fresh blueberries and bananas, or any variety of fruits (dried or fresh) and nuts!