RECIPE: Applesauce oatmeal breakfast squares

RECIPE: Applesauce oatmeal breakfast squares

PROVO,  January 27, 2014—Parents want to feed their children a square meal for breakfast but the hustle each morning more often than not falls somewhere between juggling act and circus. The brutal winter weather experienced by much of the country this season makes that first meal even more important. Cold weather causes the body to burn more calories and a hearty wholesome breakfast will get schooldays and workdays off to an excellent start.

A handheld breakfast made the night before that is high in carbs but low in processed sugars is a perfect way to jumpstart the metabolism and the mind. Breakfast squares can be thrust into small hands of children as they run to catch the bus or served at a more leisurely pace sprinkled with powdered sugar or drizzled with honey. This applesauce, oats, walnuts, and cranberries combo is kid tested and kid approved. You can use sweetened or unsweetened applesauce and old-fashioned, quick or rolled oats in this recipe. Walnuts add crunch and cranberries add sweetness but they can be omitted or replaced with any kind of dried fruit.

Applesauce Oatmeal Breakfast Squares

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 cups applesauce

3 eggs

½ cup honey

2 tablespoons softened butter

½ cup dried cranberries

½ cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9 x 13 baking pan with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Stir to combine. Add applesauce, eggs, honey, and butter to oat mixture and stir until combined. Stir in cranberries and walnuts.

Spread in pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool and cut into squares.

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