An easy breakfast/snack bar. Kind of a cross between a bar cookie and a granola bar.
Author: Cookie Madness
1/2cuppecanswalnuts or almonds
1/4cupfirmly packed light brown sugar
2tablespoongranulated sugar or evaporated cane juice crystals
1tablespoonhoney or maple syrup
2tablespoonslightly beaten egg
1/4teaspoonsalt plus an extra pinch
1/2cup2.25 ounces white whole wheat or Ultragrain flour
3/4cupsoatsold fashioned or quick (not instant)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch pan with nonstick foil or spray with cooking spray.
Lay the nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until aromatic. Cool completely, then chop.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and both sugars until creamy. Beat in the honey, vanilla and egg, then add the baking soda and salt and beat until well mixed. Add the flour and stir by hand until it is blended in, then add the cereal, oats, toasted pecans and chips.
In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt, then add to the butter mixture and stir until blended. Stir in the cereal, oats, flaxseed (if using) nuts, and chocolate chips.
Press this mixture into the pan and bake on center rack for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then lift from pan and score (do not separate) into 8 bars. Let cool completely. The texture improves quite a bit after the bars are completely cool, so I don’t recommend eating these while warm.
Don't be tempted to use the whole egg. Stick with 2 tablespoons. You could try using the white only, but I haven't tested that yet.