Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Whole Grain Wednesdays-Sunshine Snack Bars

We have been battling rabbits in our backyard garden this year!  Sadly, the rabbits ate our lettuce and carrot tops down to little nubs.  We tried some odor repellents, and spraying the plants with pepper spray, but the rabbits were not deterred.  So, we finally just gave up and put chicken wire around the whole garden!

I am happy to say that the carrots have made a full recovery and they have bushy tops again.  I was looking for a snack bar recipe that called for carrots and found this one in Potpourri magazine.  These bars are full of yummy nutritious things!   Quick oats are a whole grain, they have just been cut to make them cook faster.

Sunshine Snack Bars
2 cups shredded carrot
1/4 cup dried chopped apricots
1/2 cup golden raisins*
2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
12 ounces apple juice concentrate (thawed)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the carrot, apricots, raisins, oats, and cinnamon in a bowl.  Add the apple juice concentrate and stir well.  Press the ingredients into a greased 9 x 11-inch glass baking dish.  Bake for about 40 minutes or until the bars are brown.  Cool completely before slicing.

Crediting information:  Makes 18 servings.  Each serving creditable for 1 bread/bread alternate at any meal or snack for 3-5 year old children.

*can be a choking hazard for children under the age of 4 years.

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