After a little searching I found a few recipes for oatmeal bars, but I wasn't happy with the amount of sugar in many of them. When I finally found one that I liked I knew it was good, but it needed a few tweaks and the final product was absolutely perfect.
This recipe is very versatile and you can add nuts, raisins, cranberries, or any other dried fruit, just keep in mind that if you omit the banana or applesauce you need to add 2Tbs oil or they will be too dry.
Oatmeal breakfast bars
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 banana, mashed - or 1/4 cup applesauce
1 Tbs canola oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°
In a large bowl add oats, sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and mix well.
In another small bowl add the egg, banana oil, vanilla and milk.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until combined.
Pour mixture into an 8x8 foil lined pan.
Bake 25-30 minutes.
Let cool 5 minutes and cut into bars.
If you want them a little toastier you can put the bars back into the oven for 5 minutes to brown them a little more.