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Like trail mix, these make-ahead oatmeal breakfast bars are chock full of all your favorite dried fruits, seeds, and nuts, complete with nutritious whole wheat flour, rolled oats, free range eggs, and maple syrup to bind it all together. They'll keep for a whopping three months in the freezer, so you'll always have a healthy and filling snack on hand to throw in the kids' lunchboxes or serve after school!
If your dried fruit is in large pieces or clumps (ex. whole dried apricots or clumped raisins), cut or break them up to allow for easier slicing of the baked bars. We used a combination of golden raisins and cranberries. You can also use chocolate chips in place of, or in addition to, some of the dried fruit if desired.
Using small seeds makes the bars easy for kids to chew and also easier to slice, so we suggest a mix of sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and sliced almonds, although you can use all of one type and other small seeds or nuts if you prefer.
For extra nutty flavor, you can substitute peanut butter or sunflower seed butter in place of the melted butter.
For gluten free bars, use a cup-for-cup gluten free flour blend instead of whole wheat flour, and look for certified gluten free oats as well.
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