You know how sometimes you prepare yourself for something to taste SUPER good, and then it's only "Meh"?
This is one of those recipes you should make. HOWEVER, when you're eating it, remember that it's GOOD for you, and then you won't be pissed when it doesn't taste like buttery oatmeal raisin cookies.
We made these bars this weekend, and shared them with a couple of BROHAMS who agreed that they tasted pretty darn good for something pretty darn healthful.
Healthful Oatmeal Raisin Bars
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
4 tablespoons margarine, softened (or butter)
2 egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 cup big, fat raisins
1/2 cup sugar (for honey, use 7/8 cup for every cup of sugar, reduce the liquid in the recipe by 3 tablespoons)
3/4 cup apple butter or applesauce
2 tablespoons skim milk
1-1/2 cups all-purpose whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups rolled oats, quick or old-fashioned, uncooked
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together sugars and margarine until blended. Add apple butter, egg whites, milk, and vanilla; beat well.
Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and mix well.
Stir in oats and raisins and mix well.
Spread dough in greased 13-by-9-inch baking pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown.
Cool before cutting into bars.
Recipe makes 32 bars.
Nutrition information per bar: