Easy Recipe For Preschoolers to Make: All-Natural Oatmeal Raisin Bars!
Clara and I love these things. There are so many recipes out there for oatmeal raisin bars but I really felt like most of them called for ingredients that had too much sugar, too many preservatives, etc. I was tired of making junk food. So I found a recipe that more all-natural and I add a couple of extra things to make it my own. What's nice about this recipe as well is that it's easy for her to help me make. She can stand on a stool and help me measure, pour in the ingredients and stir it. She loves to help in the kitchen so I try to find things to make that she can help me make. So here is the recipe according to how I make it:
1 Stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter (make sure it's REAL butter and UNSALTED)
2 Cups whole oats (not steel cut or instant oats. The real, whole oat. I buy Red Mills Whole Grain Oats)
1/2 Cup whole wheat flour
1/4 Teaspoon baking soda
1/4 Cup whole cane sugar (no artificial sweeteners)
1/4 Cup honey (organic or locally made would be ideal, but any honey works)
1 Cup raisins or Craisins. (I use the Sunsweet brand plum and dried cranberry mixture or Craisins. They are sweeter than regular raisins)
1/2 Cup walnut halves and pieces (or whatever nut you prefer)
You melt the stick of butter and mix it with all the other ingredients. I usually mix all the dry ingredients up first and then add the butter then the honey. If you want to cut them into bars, the easiest thing to do would be to line a 9x9x2 pan with FOIL. Make sure there is enough foil to hang over the edge of the pan so when it's done baking and cooling, you can lift it out of the pan, whole, by the foil. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Le them cool for about an hour or so, then pull out of the pan, cut into bars and enjoy!