In an effort to increase my fiber, I tried those Fiber One bars. I don't know about the general population, but those bars most decidedly do not agree with my digestive system. So - why not make my own? Ones that don't have something called "chicory root extract."
If you really want more information on what that stuff does, just go do a quick google search. Don't say I didn't warn you.
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Homemade Fiber Bars
3 cups bran cereal, like All Bran or Fiber One
2 cups quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cups wheat germ (or ground flax seed)
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow fluff
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
4 ox (about 1/4 cup) white chocolate chips
Place marshmallow fluff and condensed milk in a microwavable bowl and microwave at 50% power for 3 minutes. Stir in the white chocolate chips and mix until melted and smooth.
Meanwhile, mix together dry ingredients. Pour the wet over the dry and mix until all moistened.
Press into a 15x13 cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray (you really want to do the cooking spray).
With dampened hands (you really want to dampen your hands too), press down evenly across the pan. Allow about 30 minutes to firm up, and cut into 24 bars.
Store in an airtight container.
(via From Apples to Zucchini)
Marshmallow fluff on top of condensed milk.
Dry ingredients. I used ground flax seed instead of wheat germ because I happen to have a lot of it. I suspect the wheat germ would've made for a more robust bar than the flax seed, since the flax is finer.
Fluff and milk all mixed together.
I will say that I would probably try these with the wheat germ in future. Flax seeds have a specific, and kind of overpowering, taste to them. While it's not necessarily bad, and perhaps you are a fan of the taste of flax seeds, for me... meh. I don't mind when they are baked into things and you can't really taste them, but otherwise I have a hard time.
I'd say that these would also be good if you added some dried fruit or regular chocolate chips, because they can be a little plain. But if you're just looking for some fiber bars without a lot of hoopla, these fit the bill.
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