Solar Breakfast Bars

Now that we live in the L.A. area long commutes are becoming a part of life. What should be a 20 minute trip can take an hour (on a good day) or more. Easy to eat, fun snacks like these oatmeal bars help make sitting in traffic a little more bearable. This recipe is pretty basic. It can be jazzed up with mix-ins such as chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or dried fruit.

Ingredients

3 cups old-fashioned oats

2/3 cup whole-wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 egg, beaten

3 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup raisins

Preparation

Set Sun Oven out to preheat. Spray two 6 x 9-inch (toaster oven sized) baking pans with cooking spray, set aside.

Mix together the oatmeal, flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the honey, oil, egg, orange juice, and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

Mix the wet ingredients into the oatmeal mixture. Stir in the raisins.

Divide the mixture in half and firmly press it into the prepared baking pans. Using a rack to separate the pans, bake in the Sun Oven until light brown and firm, 30 to 45 minutes. (If you don’t have a rack use a baking pan with higher sides and cross stack the two pans.)

Cool in pans on wire racks. Turn out onto a cutting board and cut into bars. Store in airtight containers.

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