a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Healthy & Low Fat Oatmeal Bars and More . . .

Ear of oats. Field and sky in the background. Vector illustration.
continuing from Tuesday's post---

This recipe was recently given to me by a friend. These chewy bars are nutritious, filling and low-fat. And they can be adapted easily to your likes and dislikes. They freeze well and are handy to have on hand for healthy snacking. The ingredients list looks long but it goes together quickly and simply and there is a good chance you already have everything in your pantry. 

Fruity Oatmeal Bars

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
One 8-ounce container vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 T vegetable oil
2 T skim milk
2 tsp vanilla

1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour 
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (optional)

3 cups old fashioned or quick oats, uncooked
1 cup diced dried mixed fruit, raisins or dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or other nuts

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. In large bowl combine first seven ingredients and mix well.
3. In another bowl, thoroughly combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
4. Stir in the oats, fruit and nuts.
5. Spread mixture in a 9x13 pan that has been lightly prepared with cooking spray/ or oil.  
6. Bake 28-32 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. 

Cut into bars. Store tightly covered or freeze.

For more of our favorite oatmeal goody recipes, check out last Tuesday's post and 

Yummy Hearty Breakfast Cookies  http://thecreativecheapskate.blogspot.com/2011/09/hearty-breakfast-cookies-healthy-send.html

No-Bake Chocolate/Peanut Butter/Oatmeal cookies http://thecreativecheapskate.blogspot.com/2011/09/eggs-are-2-dozen-making-treats-wo-them.html

'til we eat again,
          Simply, Gail

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