I followed this recipe pretty closely. I did take the advice of one person who said they added an egg. I had no problems at all with it crumbling - even just 10 minutes out of the oven - maybe it was the egg?? I also added vanilla and about 1/2 tsp of salt. We used dates (just a few), dried apricots, craisins, slivered almonds, sunflower seeds and about 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips. I didn't try them cuz of a restricted diet, but my kiddos and hubby loved them. Hubby said he liked them better than store bought. I think I will try them with PB instead of butter next time. Oh - and my 9x13 batch made 15 bars that were just the same size as store bought. Wrapped in plastic wrap and froze for future lunches. Thanks for a good recipe! UPDATE - I make these about twice a week now. I use 4 cups oatmeal, 3 cups other stuff (usually choc chips, dried fruit, nuts), plus one egg and omit butter and add 1/2 cup pb. Tastes awesome - never falls apart. Because of added oatmeal making them thicker I cut the pan into 20 bars. Store in snack baggies. Yum! They freeze well too. With 4 c. oatmeal, 3 cups other stuff, add one egg and 1/2 cup PB - cutting into 20 bars - I went to a calorie calculator and they are approx 300 per bar. Keep that in mind when you make yours! They might be healthier than some in the stores but they aren't low-cal!
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I followed this recipe pretty closely. I did take the advice of one person who said they added...