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A Favorite Michelle Obama Snack: A White House Exclusive.

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The Obama girls love to snack, and mostly eat treats. Michelle has given the White House kitchen strict orders that the kids have a good diet and don’t eat junk food. So she gave them the recipe for some healthy fruit and oatmeal bars.  Dominique Dawes got to meet the White House asst Chef and he shows you how to make it……I have the recipe to share with you too.

Here’s the recipe:

Fruit and Oatmeal Bars

Time:

About 50 minutes, plus time cooling

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons grapeseed oil, or other neutral oil, plus extra for brushing pan

2 cups rolled oats

½ cup mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame

½ cup honey

½ cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup maple syrup

Pinch of salt

1 ½ cups mixed dried fruit, such as raisins, cherries, apricots, papaya, pineapple and cranberries (at least 3 kinds, cut into small pieces if large)

1 teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon

2 tablespoons of butter

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper or foil, letting a few inches hangs over side of pan. Brush with oil

2. Spread oats and seeds on another baking pan and toast in oven just until golden and fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes, shaking pan once.

3. In a saucepan, combine oil, butter, honey, brown sugar, maple syrup and salt. Stir over medium heat until smooth and hot. In a mixing bowl, toss together toasted oats and seeds, dried fruit and cardamom. Pour hot sugar mixture over and stir until well combined.

4. While mixture is warm, transfer to prepared pan, pressing into pan evenly with an offset spatula.

5. Bake until brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a rack and let cool completely. Using the overhanging foil or paper, lift out of pan and place on a work surface Cut into bars, about 1 ½ inches by 3 inches.

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