Guest Post by Megan
Our children are ALWAYS hungry! Sometimes it feels like we are feeding them all day long. The pantry that looked full earlier in the week seems to look like a barren wasteland come the weekend.
One of my children’s favorite snacks is the cereal bar. Nutri-Grain or Trader Joe’s…my children don’t discriminate. They LOVE cereal bars! When I stumbled across this recipe, I decided to give it a try.
Please note that I used a small food processor (Cuisinart mini food prep) to make this recipe, however I highly recommend using a larger one. It was a tight squeeze, but my mini prep stayed strong!
– 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 cup while wheat flour
– 1/4 cup rolled oats
– 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
– 1/4 cup wheat bran (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– 4 Tbsp cold butter, cubed
– 2/3 cup milk
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
Place flours, oats, wheat bran, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder in a food processor and pulse until oats are ground.
Add butter and pulse again until it resembles coarse meal.
Next, add milk and vanilla extract slowly while food processor is pulsing to make dough.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap or cover in sealed container. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow dough to stiffen. This makes it easier to work with.
While the dough is chilling, it’s time to make some filling (that rhymed- totally unintentional). Please refer to the original recipe to see how she made her cereal bar filling using dried fruit and water. I didn’t have dried fruit on hand, so I made up my own using some puréed pumpkin (from all that fall baking), a dash of pumpkin pie spice, and a sprinkle of sugar. For kicks, I even took the kids’ blackberry jam and gave that a whirl as filling. Warning about jam: it gets hot, it leaks out and makes a big mess on the cookie sheet. I see why the author of this recipe suggests using dried fruit. I just like to experiment with my own ideas. 😉
Sprinkle flour onto a clean dry surface and divide dough in half.
Roll dough into an 8″x12″ rectangle.
Cut dough in half so you have two long 4″ strips of dough.
Spread approx 2 Tbsp of filling about 1″ wide down the middle of each strip of dough. (I might have gotten a little carried away)
Fold one side slightly over half of the filling. Use an egg wash (one egg white + 1Tbsp cold water) on the open side of the dough and lightly apply. Then fold dough over filling overlapping the first fold by 1/4″. Press to seal and flip strip of dough so it is seam side down. Apply another light coat of egg wash, sprinkle with bran, and cut into three 4″ bars.
Place on cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.
This recipe yields 12 bars.
The verdict is that they were delicious! Now, I will say that my pumpkin filling was pretty good to me, but my kids gave it a “ugh, that’s yuck mommy!” I recommend trying the dried fruit method for the kiddos and save the more sophisticated stuff for the adults. The kids DID like the blackberry jam bars. I may experiment in the future and try a banana purée with brown sugar. The dough is excellent and the filling possibilities are up to your taste preference.
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