52 Recipes: Fruit Salad Oatmeal Bars

This week I will be making the ten hour trip from North Carolina to Florida. I'm incredibly excited to be able to go home and spend time with friends and family, but I am DREADING the drive. I apologize to anyone who might be from or currently live in South Carolina, but driving through that state is possibly the worst experience ever. There is literally nothing to look at but cotton. Just cotton, for hours, that's it. I could go on forever about how much I hate it, but instead let's talk about what you're really interested in--delicious oatmeal bars. 

When I sat down to plan this week's recipe I was definitely thinking about my trip. I don't know about you, but when I go on road trips I end up stuffing myself full of french fries, white cheddar popcorn, and coke. Then I wonder why I feel like a giant ball of nauseous grease when I finally reach my destination. This time I want to be a little more intentional about the things I fill up on. I've been wanting to tackle snack bars of some kind for awhile now, and I figured this was the perfect time!

Now, enough of my rambling. Let's get down to business. As always, first we gather our ingredients. 

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I used 1 banana, 1 apple, and 1 cup of grapes all chopped into bite-sized pieces. 

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For the base you'll need 
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Peanut Butter
3 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 1/4 cup Flour
1 1/2 cup Oats
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
3/4 cup Milk

Once you have all of the base ingredients thoroughly mixed together you'll want to grease a 9x13 pan and spread the mixture evenly throughout. Then layer your chopped fruit on top, making sure to press the pieces gently into the base. Now just drizzle some honey across the fruit, and you're ready to bake!

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Bake your bars for 40-45 minutes at 350°. The edges should be golden and slightly crisp, but be sure that your center bakes until it is firm. Let them cool completely before cutting.

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I enjoyed my finished product with a little extra honey and a glass of milk. That may not be possible while I'm on the road tomorrow, but it sure was a delicious afternoon snack today. What I love is that this recipe is simple, healthy, actually filling, and can be customized to fit whatever you happen to have on hand. I had apples, bananas, and grapes but you could top yours with peaches and strawberries! What is your favorite thing to add to snack bars? Fruit? Chocolate? Nuts? All three??

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