Apple and Pear Oat Bars

Apple and Pear Oat Bars

It feels like our book How to Feed a Fam­ily has been out for­ever but it hasn’t. Our lovely book is still just a baby, only on the shelves for four months. If it were an actual baby we’d be pray­ing for it to sleep through the night but instead we just hope it helps fam­i­lies get through their evenings. (Well, we really hope it gets you through all your meal times not just din­ner.) Since the book has launched, one of my favourite things to do is read the cus­tomer com­ments on ama­zon. I always kind of hold my breath when I go to read them though. When I click through I never know if there is going to be a mile long com­ment from some­one who the book has failed mis­er­ably. Hon­estly, it would make me sick if I were to read some­thing like that. We mostly have lovely, glow­ing com­ments but there are a  few so-so ones. They make me won­der: Why didn’t they like the recipes they tried? Did some­thing go wrong? Could we have said more to help? The book is so per­sonal to us. It has our recipes, our sto­ries and our fam­i­lies in it. And since it’s so per­sonal, it’s hard not to have the chance to make it right by those folks.
Another thing I often do when I think about the book is kick myself for not mak­ing a recipe sooner. Like this one. This would have been a per­fect inclu­sion for the snack sec­tion. Immune boost­ing apples, oats with their juicy phy­to­chem­i­cals and the nat­ural sweet­ness of maple syrup. There’s also a lit­tle pear hug in them since I used Ontario’s Own Pear Puree. I love the company’s purees since they add nat­ural sweet­ness and elim­i­nate a step in prepa­ra­tion for me. If you don’t have any pear puree on-hand apple sauce would surely do the trick.

I hope you give these healthy bars a try and maybe you’ll even take the time to swing back to the site and leave your com­ment about them. After all, you know how I love the comments.

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pho­tos by Maya Vis­nyei

Apple and Pear Oat Bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1 1/4 cup quick cook or rolled oats
  • 1/2 tea­spoon ground cin­na­mon
  • 1/4 tea­spoon ground gin­ger
  • 1/8 tea­spoon ground cloves
  • pinch of nut­meg
  • 1/4 tea­spoon salt
  • 1/2 tea­spoon bak­ing pow­der
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tea­spoon vanilla extract
  • 3 table­spoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup pear puree
  • 1 Gala Apple, peeled, sliced and diced

Method

Pre­heat oven to 350.

Grease an 9 inch square pan and line with parch­ment paper, leav­ing a 2 inch edge at each side to help you lift the bars from the pan.

In a large mix­ing bowl, com­bine flour, oats, gin­ger, cin­na­mon, cloves, nut­meg and bak­ing powder.

Beat egg in a small bowl and then mix in the almond milk and vanilla extract.

Pour egg mix­ture into dry ingre­di­ents and blend.

Add maple syrup and pear puree and stir until incor­po­rated.

Fold in the apple pieces.

Pour into pre­pared pan and pop into the oven for about 25 –30 min­utes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 min­utes then lift parch­ment from pan and allow to cool com­pletely.

Store in an air tight con­tainer for up to a week, if you can actu­ally keep them around that long.

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