I am super pleased with these!!! So easy; can't wait to try out different variations of cereal, nuts, dried fruits, candies, & try w/nonfat/lowfat condensed milk. I used: regular oats (not quick cook), ground flax, chopped pistachios & almonds, sunflower seed kernels, dried cranberry & blueberry craisins, raisins, Kashi crisp cereal, & coconut. I 'chopped' the oats a bit since they were not quick cook -worked great. I toasted the oats in the oven, then toasted the nuts, coconut, and flax too. Used 3 c oats & planned to use 3 c other ingred but got carried away & it was closer to 3.5-4 c. Warmed milk in hot water before opening -great tip. With the extra ingred, I did use 2 T. melted butter (Smart Balance - healthier) because the mix seemed a bit dry, otherwise I don't think it's needed. Mixed in lg bowl & then used hands to mix better. Pressed down firmly, covered w wax paper & hammered w/ flat meat mallet. Removed wax paper, baked in a 16x11 pan lined with foil, which yielded 16 lg bars, maybe .5 in. thick. Baked 18-20 min, could have been less. Cooled 2 min in pan, cut into long rectangles with pizza cutter, cooled 10 more min, removed foil w/bars from pan, cooled completely on the foil. Great texture, delicious flavor w/customized ingred, and so much healthier! Next time I will try 6 c total ingred, add chocolate or M&M's & bake less to try for softer texture - these are chewy & firm (but not hard). Hold together beautifully. (They get firmer as they cool; cut warm).
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I am super pleased with these!!! So easy; can't wait to try out different variations of...