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Breakfast Bars

 Breakfast Bars
"I like to stash these satisfying squares in the freezer," writes Candace Jenks. "When I need a quick breakfast or anytime snack, I simply microwave the not-too-sweet bars until they're thawed," says the Minot, North Dakota cook.
24 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. Combine oats, flours and
  • wheat germ; gradually add to creamed mixture. Press into a greased
  • 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. In a small bowl, beat eggs until foamy.
  • Stir in pecans, coconut and chocolate chips. Spread evenly over
  • crust.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.
  • Yield: about 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 292 calories, 20 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 103 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.