Outstanding Oatmeal Bars
While I enjoy a good pre-packaged granola bar just as much as anyone else, it should come as no surprise that an easy and delicious alternative is just a few novice steps away…
I was sitting and avoiding school work by watching my routine line-up of public access Saturday cooking shows, when I suddenly felt two overwhelming urges. The need to cook something, and the need for a granola bar. Thus I quickly hopped on Google and looked up a few possible ideas to try. After a little mixing and matching, this oatmeal bar recipe is the fruit of my homework postponing labor. They’re sweet, and chewy, and better than any bar I’ve ever taken out of a thin foil wrapper.
First step – Grease a baking pan well with either non-stick spray or butter and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
***Do this first, as your hands will be INCREDIBLY messy later on. ***
In a large bowl combine:
3 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup nuts (although I just used pre-made almond, cashew, and cranberry trail mix for this)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Now mix. I found that using my hands was incredibly messy, but also the easiest way to incorporate everything together.
Pack your oatmealy mess into your baking pan and bake for 20 min (sidenote: the thicker you make your bars, the chewier they will be, and vice versa).
After 20 min, or when the edges just begin to brown, remove the bars and LET THEM COOL COMPLETELY. This may take up to 4-5 hours in the fridge, but trust me it’s a very important step. Take it from someone who learned first hand, if you try to cut your bars before they have completely congealed you will have a very crumbly oatmeal mess on your hands. With a little patience they will hold their shape much better!
With your quick and easy Outstanding Oatmeal Bars in hand you are now ready to face the world. Even if that just means bracing the Boston winter to find a Starbucks in which to do your homework all afternoon…