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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3 whole graham crackers, crushed into crumbs
  • 1 cup Cheerios, slightly crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup almonds, chopped (or walnuts or peanuts)
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened (or Neufchatel cheese)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons milk

Directions

Heat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

To a large bowl, add oats, cracker crumbs, cereal, chia seeds, cherries, and nuts; stir.

In a medium bowl, combine applesauce, honey, eggs and vanilla. Whisk together with a whisk or a fork. Pour over oats mixture and mix thoroughly.

Spread mixture into prepared baking pan; flatten gently with the back of a spoon or rubber spatula. Bake about 20-25 minutes, or until the middle is set. (Bars should still be soft, not golden brown.) Cool. Cut and serve.

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