A looseleaf sheet of paper with this recipe on it fell out of my cookbook shelf the other day when I was pulling out a cookbook. I got it from my friend Wendy about five years ago (during my Idaho years.) I remember making it once at the time and thinking it was okay but not loving it. When I saw it again it struck my fancy for some reason and I decided to give it another whirl. I liked it much better this time, maybe because I'm off sugar right now (I keep meaning to blog about this-- remind me!) This is a pretty good treat if you're not eating sugar. Even if you are, this makes a pretty good breakfast on the go if you bake up a pan of it the night before.
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple
2 Cups chopped dates
3 Cups oats
1 Cup wheat germ
1 Cup coconut (possibly the only source of a small amount of sugar if you use sweetened flakes)
1 Cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 Cup orange juice
1/4 Cup oil
Combine pineapple and dates in a saucepan. Cook on medium heat until thickened. Stir frequently. In a large bowl, mix oats, wheat germ, coconut, nuts, and salt. Stir in juice and oil. Press half of the oat mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. Spread the pineapple mixture on top, then sprinkle on the rest of the oat mixture. Press down lightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut into squares.
As is the recipe is vegan, but when I make it again I'm using butter instead of oil. I poured a little bit of real maple syrup on top of mine when I ate it this morning. That was really good, though they were still pretty sweet plain. The Badger poured milk on his and seemed to like that. But really, they're great straight out of the pan!