Cereal Bar Cookies (Whole Grain Oats + Natural Fruit Spread, gluten free)

I don’t know about your kids, but mine used to love packaged, processed snacks.  When we made the change to real food and away from processed foods 16 months ago, snacks were the first thing I tried to make at home… These remind me of a Nutrigrain Bar, only they are in cookie form.  They are a bit crumbly, and messy for 2 and 3 year olds with the jam that spills out… but, the recipe is simple and the ingredients are clean, so to me, a little mess is worth it.

cereal bar cookies (made with whole grain oats and natural fruit spread, gluten free)

INGREDIENTS:
METHOD:
  1. Combine ground oat flour and sea salt and stir to combine.  You can either buy oat flour, or you can just throw your oatmeal in the food processor and grind it yourself.  Either way is just fine.  
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter.  Add syrup and vanilla.  Stir to combine.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Split dough in half.
  5. Using half of the dough, press into silicone muffin pan liners.  You should have enough for 12 full size muffins.  Press dough down into the bottom, and press up the sides, making a cup in the muffin liner.
  6. Scoop approximately 1 teaspoon of jam into each dough cup.  Careful not to overfill.
  7. Using the other 1/2 of the dough, form 12 equal sized balls.  Then press on each ball to flatten, forming a disc.
  8. Place the discs on top of the muffin cups filled with jam, pinching at the sides to create a seal.  If you don’t do this, jam will spill out the sides… which isn’t terrible, but they won’t look as pretty and will be messier.
  9. Bake in 350F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  10. This is the MOST IMPORTANT step:  remove from oven, and DO NOT TOUCH for 30 minutes or more until cooled.  I feel like these hold together soooo much better when cool. If you try to remove them from liners while they are still hot, you will end up with a crumbly oat and jam mess.  So have a little patience.
*Use organic ingredients whenever possible.
**Adapted from Once A Month Mom.
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