Homemade oatmeal bars make snacking healthy

Robin McDaniel
Homemade oatmeal bars make snacking healthy

Homemade oatmeal bars make snacking healthy

Robin McDaniel is a community columnist for Blount Today and writes the weekly column - In The Kitchen. Every week she prepares or collaborates on a recipe then cooks and photographs the dish for Blount Today. Robin must consider it a labor of love. You can certainly see the love and care she puts into In the Kitchen each week.

If you want a favorite snack recipe that is healthy and delicious, my friend Brenda will love you. Brenda Pilson, who works at American Patriot Bank with me, is always trying to share something healthy with us.

We all know how healthy oats are. The high water-soluble fiber content encourages slow digestion, stabilizes blood-glucose levels and aids in lowering cholesterol levels.

So, while we still hide our Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls in the snack drawer, Brenda is such a good cook that her Healthy Oatmeal Bars make us appreciate healthy snacks!

Brenda’s Healthy Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup applesauce

1/3 cup canola oil

1 Tablespoon honey

1 cup plain-all purpose flour

1 tsp. soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground allspice

2/3 cups chopped walnuts

1/2 cup raisins

2 cups quick-cooking oats

Optional: Add 1/4 cup apple juice if needed to moisten batter.

In large bowl, blend sugar, applesauce, oil and honey. In smaller bowl combine the oats, flour, baking soda, salt and allspice.

Gradually beat into applesauce mixture and blend well. Stir in raisins and nuts. Spread into 9 x 13 inch baking pan that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely, and cut into bars.

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