Holy plum, I mean yum.
These oat & plum bars happened quite by accident yesterday afternoon. A friend of mine bought a rather large bag of dried plums (we’re talking Costco size), decided he didn’t like them and offered them up to me. I looked at the bag and said, “Dried plums… aren’t those the same things as prunes?”
Yep, they are.
For such a tasty little treat, they sure did get an awful sounding name, didn’t they?
I happily took the 5-pound bag of dried plums home with me even though I had never actually had a
prune dried plum before. I was determined to make something delicious from them despite their unappetizing nickname. I’m pretty sure I succeeded.
I promise to never make a joke about prunes again after tasting these.
Additionally, these have completely ruined the Nutri Grain Bar for me. Mine are just as wholesome, soft and delicious but without the preservatives, corn syrup, artificial colors & flavors.
Give them a try. They’re easy, quick, high in fiber and SO delicious. I’ve already packed one as part of my breakfast for the next 2 days.
These are definitely going onto the recipe page. I love the consistency of the oats so much I’m already plotting new flavors for the next batch! Got any recommendations?
oat & plum bars
Makes 9 (2 1/2 to 3-inch) bars
- 2 cups dried plums
- 6-8 tablespoons water
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease 8″ or 9″ square baking pan.
Process dried plums and water in food processor until smooth. Consistency should be thick & sticky but easily spread with a spatula. Start with 6 tablespoons water and add more as needed.
In separate bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Slowly whisk melted butter into beaten egg, making sure the butter isn’t too hot that it cooks the egg. Add wet to dry ingredients and mix well with your hands. Go on, get a little dirty.
Press half of oat mixture into bottom of the baking pan (about 1 3/4 cups). Carefully spread the dried plums evenly on top using a spatula. The plums will stick to the oats so I recommend starting from the middle of the pan and working your way outward towards the edges. Press remaining oats on top of creating a flat, even surface. Bake for 20-22 minutes until golden brown. Cool pan on wire rack before slicing into 2 1/2 – 3″ bars (depending on the size of your pan.) Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
I’m experimenting with freezing them and will let you know how they end up.
What are your thoughts on prunes? Or do you prefer to call them dried plums?