Fruit oatmeal bars

Had to do something with all these fruits! Pears, quince, apples, all stored in the veggie bin and all getting a tad old. The neat thing with this recipe is it will work with any fruit, raw or stewed; so I used some stewed pears and quince and some apple, here and there. 

INGREDIENTS: makes 16 bars

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup oat bran (optional)
  • 1 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • dash nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 cups cut-up fruit (I used stewed pears, quince and apples, very well drained)
  • 1 14 oz jar sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp grape molasses or dark honey
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • whipped cream or ice-cream (optional)

 

  1. Heat oven to 350F (180C). In a large bowl, place flour, oat bran, oatmeal, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Combine to mix well. Transfer the mixture to a mixer or food processor and add the butter, cut up in dice. Run the machine till the mixture looks like crumbs, a couple of minutes or so. 
  2. Place 1/2 mixture on an ungreased rectangular pan, 13″X9″ and press with fingers to make it adhere. Bake for 15 minutes. Place the fruits (cut up) all over the baked dough. Mix the molasses or honey with the condensed milk and pour over the fruits; add the chopped nuts, sprinkle them all over the pan. Press the rest of the dough over the fruits. 
  3. Bake again for about 40 minutes or until the top looks set and golden-brown and the fruits are cooked (if they were raw). Cool a bit. Serve the squares warm as is or with whipped cream or some vanilla ice-cream on the side. 
Recipe adapted from an online recipe in the Eagle Brand website.
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14 Comments

  1. Posted December 17, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Looks delicious and is healthy too.

  2. Posted December 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! These bars make me think I am eating super healthy!!

  3. Posted December 18, 2012 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    hummmm!! ça doit étre délicieux!! j’ai bien envie de tester!
    J’espère que les préparatifs pour les fêtes de fin d’année avancent bien!! passe de très agréables moments!!

  4. Posted December 18, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    A great idea to make good use of fruit – I have all the dry ingredients in my pantry. Bet that combination of pear, quince and apples was delicious!

  5. Posted December 18, 2012 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    Wow,cant ask more, wat a healthy bars.

  6. Posted December 18, 2012 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Looks positively decadent

  7. Posted December 18, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Avec cette gourmandise tu prends un délicieux coup de….” bars “

  8. Posted December 18, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Excellent pour se mettre au vert avant les fêtes….

  9. Posted December 19, 2012 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Oh yes, this is a really good one. I always wonder what to do with left over fruits. I love to buy apples and often don’t finish them. And so are the pears. I need to book mark it. And I love your picture…so sweet and happy. How cool to hold a real pear on a tree! If I have a fruit orchard, I think I’ll be there most of the time, maybe climbing every fruit tree…..haha. I grew up surrounded by fruits trees and we really love it. There was always an abundance of fruits. Really miss those times! :(

  10. Posted December 19, 2012 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    I love that there is an amazing fruit content in the bars, yummy :) best wishes to you for the festive season! x Ozlem

  11. Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    My husband’s favorite treat is one with fruit and this he would love. I’ve been in the mood to start all my seasonal apple baking!

  12. Posted December 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    What a delightful treat with the fresh fruit, Joumana, and what a wonderful way to use slightly ‘aging’ fruit ;)

  13. Posted December 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    This looks like such a delicious treat! I imagine the quince, pears and apples must have tasted sensational.

  14. Posted December 27, 2012 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try this delectable treat!

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