Morning Maple Bars

Morning Maple Bars
Staff Writer
Tina Rupp

Crisp-chewy, scented with maple, and studded with dried fruit and grains, there is so much to love about these bars. Dried fruit is a great source of concentrated energy, and, along with the oats and multigrain cereal, is an excellent source of fiber. The protein from the oats, milk, nuts, and nut butter is not too shabby, either. Heed my advice and declare any time of the day morning-time. 

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16
Servings
294
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 Cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 Cup dried fruit, such as blueberries, cherries, and raisins
  • 1/2 Cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 Cup multigrain hot cereal
  • 1 Cup natural, unsweetened nut or seed butter
  • 1/2 Cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 Teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 Teaspoon pure maple extract (optional)

Directions

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the oats and pecans on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven for 6 to 8 minutes, shaking halfway through, until golden and fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl.

Place the dried fruit in a food processor and process until finely chopped (but not a paste). Transfer to the bowl with the oats mixture.

Bring the milk to a boil in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir in the cereal and remove from the heat; let stand for 2 minutes. Add the nut or seed butter, maple syrup, and salt. Cook and stir the mixture over low heat for 7 minutes and remove from the heat and stir in maple extract, if using.

Immediately add the cereal mixture to the oats mixture, mixing with a spatula until coated.

Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Place a large piece of parchment paper, waxed paper, or plastic wrap (coated with nonstick cooking spray) on top of the bar mixture and use it to spread, flatten, and very firmly compact the mixture evenly in the pan. Cool completely and let stand at least 2 hours until firm.

Using the liner, lift the mixture from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 16 bars.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
23g
26%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
3mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
42g
32%
Protein
5g
11%
Vitamin A, RAE
67µg
10%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin E, added
1mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
3µg
3%
Calcium, Ca
146mg
15%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
56µg
14%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
31mg
10%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
95mg
14%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
164mg
11%
Water
14g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Maple Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Maple Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.