Cinnamon apple breakfast bars

Cinnamon apple breakfast bars

I was looking for a breakfast bar that was super easy and super healthy.  Sometimes when I get home from a 12 hour graveyard shift, the last thing I want to do is cook.  (It doesn't happen often, but it does happen) But I am still hungry.
So I came up with this recipe.  The longest part of it is the cooking, but if you make this ahead, and just keep in the fridge, it only needs to happen one time for a few days.
This recipe isn't loaded down with a bunch of ingredients, but just enough to make it good.

1 8x8 or 9x9 glass baking dish
preheat oven to 350*

In a bowl, combine the following

1c rolled oats (old fashioned)
1/2c raisins 
1 small fuji apple, peeled and cored, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 tsp. cinnamon 
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/4c brown rice syrup
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds (add on top after you have put in baking pan)

Add the first 5 ingredients in the bowl and combine well.  I stirred for a good minute to make sure everything was covered with the syrup.  Once it is all mixed, pour into your baking pan and press down well.  You really want to compact it in there.  I used the back of a spatula to press.  
Sprinkle with the sesame seeds evenly, and place the baking pan in the oven, uncovered for 30 minutes.  
After 30 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.  Cut into 6 even bars.  You can eat one now, or cover with plastic wrap and let cool in the fridge for a few hours.  You can store in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
They will not be hard, but soft and chewy, so handle with care.  



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