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Homemade Oat Squares

Earlier this week we had a long snowy day with nothing to do.  And as usual Abram was begging to bake.  So I brainstormed what new recipe we could try.

I was thinking a new cereal.  I looked up the ingredients for Cheerios.  There really isn’t much to them.  So we tried to make something similar – taste and texture.  I have no idea how you’d copy the shape 😛

It took about 3 minutes to mix the dough.  And it tasted really good.  Abram actually ate a bunch of it…and he NEVER eats the stuff we bake (either the dough or after it’s baked).  He just doesn’t have a sweet tooth.

The end result?  NOT Cheerios 😛  But to my surprise they taste and look a lot like Quaker Oat Squares.  This used to be one of my favorite cereals.  They are very easy to make.

They did end up a bit harder than I’d like.  Maybe next time I’ll add some baking soda to help soften them just a bit.  Otherwise these are actually really good.  And they make a great portable snack.

Three ingredients is all you need to recreate a delicious cereal.  Simple.  As an added bonus they are dairy, gluten (if you tolerate oats), egg, nut, soy and corn free.

Homemade Oat Squares
makes about 2 cups

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
1/2 cup water
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1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
(I have not tried it with these added yet, but I think it would improve the texture a bit.)
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Create oat flour by processing oats in a blender.

Mix oat flour, sugar and water until dough forms.

Using a scoop at a time, roll the dough into a small log.  Cut into “squares.”

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  Turn off oven.  Leave the cereal in the oven to crisp for another 5-10 minutes.

Remove from oven.  Let cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.

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