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Breakfast Bars

Start the day with a healthy breakfast bar. These are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals plus omega-3 essential fatty acids from the walnuts and flaxseeds. If you can't find ground flaxseeds, grind your own in a food processor, blender or spice grinder so their nutrients are more readily absorbed.



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1 cup Bran Buds cereal or any 100% bran cereal
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¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
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1 tsp. ground cinnamon
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¼ tsp. salt
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1 ¼ cups buttermilk
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1 large egg
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¼ cup canola oil
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1 tsp. grated orange peel
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½ cup chopped dried apricots (3 ½ oz.)
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2 tsp. sugar
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1 cup oat bran cereal
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1 Tbs. ground flaxseeds
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½ cup chopped walnuts
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1 cup quick-cooking oats


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

2. Lightly coat baking sheet with cooking spray; sprinkle with flaxseeds and walnuts; bake until lightly toasted, about 7 minutes. Set aside. Keep oven on.

3. In large bowl, combine oats, oat and bran cereals, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.

4. Pour buttermilk into large glass measuring cup. With fork, stir in egg, oil and orange peel until well blended.

5. Add buttermilk mixture to oat mixture and stir with rubber spatula just until moistened. Fold in dried apricots, then toasted flaxseeds and walnuts. Transfer to prepared baking pan, spreading evenly. Sprinkle top with sugar.

6. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely, then cut into 12 bars.

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5 g
Total Fat: 
10 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
21 g
19 mg
200 mg
5 g
Makes 12

Comments on this Recipe

These were wonderful. I don;t understand the "loaded with sugar" comment. 1/4 cup brown sugar and 2 tsp granulated sugar? That comes out to 1 and 1/6 TEASPOON sugar per bar!!!

these have great nutrients but i think should use a substitute sugar,these are loaded with sugar...

It dosen't say how many grams of sugar in each serving. Can other sweetners be substituted such as agave or stevia powder?

Flax seed can be substituted for oil in recipes (there is usually a conversion formula on the flax seed bag). So I wonder if applesauce could be substituted for the oil in this recipe, to provide moisture, instead of all that cooking oil. That would certainly reduce the calorie count, if one is concerned about that.

Can almond or soy milk be substituted for the buttermilk?

Just making these for the 4 or 5th time. Easy to put together. If you don't have apricots, golden raisins make a great substitute. Pecans and almonds today as my husband wasn't around to crack local walnuts. We have also added a 1/4 cup of hemp hearts for extra nutrition. These are great for breakfast with some fresh fruit and keep you going until 2:00pm.


These look delicious, but what can I use as an gluten free alternative to the Bran ceral?

you can subtitude the bran for gluten free granola the oil to applesause buttle milk to soy, almond, lowfat, fatfree, goat milk substitude the egg with another tablespoon of flaxseed. substitude the quick oats for more gluten free granola. instead of died fruits use fresh fruits or frozen fruits which is healthier thand the died fruits. splenda has baking sure that is mixed with can alternate the sugar in this recipe. Hope this helps.

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Hello--question re: oat bran cereal...are you referring to a boxed cereal ( like the bran buds in the recipe ) or just the ' loose ' oat bran itself that I purchase in the bulk aisle of my favorite store and use as a hot breakfast meal ( like cream of wheat or old fashioned oats ) ??? thanks so much ..