We love a good breakfast treat around here. Particularly a grab and go we can feel good about. These cereal bars are no different. Packed with oats, fresh fruit and preserves, they are a yummy option your family can look forward to in the morning. Enjoy!

Oat and Fruit Cereal Bars

Ingredients

3/4 c brown sugar

5 tbls butter (cut into small pcs)

4 oz applesauce

1/4 c almond butter

1 c whole wheat flour

3/4 c white flour

1 2/3 c oats

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 banana, mashed

1/4-1/2 cup blueberries (depending on preference)

1/4-1/2 cup strawberry preserves or purée

6-8 thinly sliced strawberries 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter or oil (or cooking spray) a 9x13 baking dish. Combine first 9 ingredients. Mix to incorporate well. Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the dish, making sure to cover completely. Combine the preserves and banana. Mix well. Fold in the blueberries. Spread the mixture on top of the first layer of oatie goodness. Top with the sliced strawberries. Cover with the second half of the oat mixture. Press lightly, taking care not to squish the fruit out. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden and it feels slightly firm to the touch. Allow to cool thoroughly, then slice into squares. Store in an airtight container. It will keep better in the fridge. Serve warm in the morning. 😋

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