Let me make one thing clear. Creating 100% fruit-sweetened bars that don’t taste like cardboard is no easy task. This recipe may win the award for most recipe trials in one week. I finally got it right, however, and if you’re looking for a bar with no added sugar whatsoever, this is the recipe for you. I was going to call these Pear Blondies, but then I realized that blondies sounds way too much like dessert and people may assume they are going to get a super-sweet-dessert-like bar. For most people, these are probably more like a breakfast or snack bar. So Pear Oatmeal Bars seemed like a more fitting name.
These are naturally sweet, meaning they have a subtle sweetness that doesn’t overtake the bars. They pair perfectly with my morning coffee and the kids have been loving them for a snack as well. Well, Luke said, “I like the cake part. But you eat the pears” and picked out all of the pear chunks. That’s a 4-year-old for you, I guess.
If you are doing the Cut the Sugar Challenge and are craving something sweet, these will work well for dessert. They happen to be vegan and gluten-free, as well. The texture is not dry at all (you know the word I’m going for here, right?) and the spices compliment the pears well.
I hope these Pear Oatmeal Bars will help you stick to your goals in the Cut the Sugar Challenge. They have definitely helped me, even though five batches later I may have eaten one too many. 😉Print