Kids a Cookin': Chewy Oatmeal Bars
With spring just around the corner, here's a nutritious and delicious recipe that's great to send along on school outings or picnics or just to enjoy as a healthy snack. The recipe, which is fun for kids and adults to make together, is provided by the Family Nutrition Program at Kansas State University Research and Extension.
2 1/4 cups quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons regular margarine, softened
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins
1. Wash your hands.
2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with unflavored vegetable cooking spray.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir until well blended; turn mixture into prepared pan.
4. Wash your hands again and press mixture to distribute it evenly in the pan.
5. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Using potholders, remove the pan from the oven and place it on a cooling rack.
7. Cool 10 minutes before cutting into bars or 2x2-inch squares. Let bars cool in pan before serving or storing.
8. Store oatmeal bars in an airtight container at room temperature or tightly wrap single bars before sending along in backpacks or picnic baskets.
Per (one bar) serving:26g carbohydrates; 2g dietary fiber; 0mg cholesterol; 85mg sodium; 2g protein; 4.5g of fat (0.5 gram saturated); 150 calories.
If your family does not like raisins, use any combination of chopped dates, cranberries or nuts or miniature chocolate or butterscotch chips or sunflower seeds.
You can easily double this recipe, using a 9x13-inch baking pan. (Doubling a recipe brings school right into the kitchen -- let the kids do the math.)
Remember to use dry hot pads when removing pans from the oven.