As you all know I am not really outdoorsy.
And while oats and raisins and granola can certainly be eaten indoors it kinda seems like the outdoors have claimed them as their own.
So what I am proposing is that all us indoor people take back granola. That’s right. You don’t have to hike mountains and wears khaki to enjoy an oat bar. You don’t have to drink water out of a water bottle and wear a backpack to enjoy raisins.
It’s a fact. I am currently indoors, wearing non-khaki clothes, drinking a beverage out of a cup with no squeeze lid, and am gazing at my cute new bag that is on the table next to me. All safely indoors. AND I am eating an oat-packed, raisin-filled bar.
The whole idea of this snack might seem out of place on my sugar filled site, but I assure you, it’s every bit as delicious as say, a Caramel Swirled Pretzel M&M Blondie…ok, well, that’s not entirely true…but they’re really good. A close second to those bars, for sure!
They are much like the Clif Bars that you can buy in the supermarket…but better, because you make them. Homemade is always better, don’t you think?
My kids love them too, but I make them eat them outdoors. Kids are messy, plus I’ve heard fresh air is good for kids. Whatever.
Grab your food processor. I loathe mine…anyone have any suggestions about a good food processor? I need a new one!
Anyway, pulse some raisins until they are chopped up a little. They will get a little sticky, that’s ok.
No khaki necessary.
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 3 large biscuit style shredded wheat cereal, or 1 cup un-frosted spoon-size shredded wheat
- 1 cup raisins
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Spray an 8x8 pan lightly with cooking spray.
- Place raisins in food processor and pulse until lightly chopped (it will be sticky)
- Add the shredded wheat, oats, cinnamon and salt in food processor and pulse until mixture is finely chopped and incorporated.
- In a large bowl whisk together eggs, honey, vanilla and peanut butter.
- Add the oat mixture and chocolate chips and stir until combined.
- Spread in prepared pan and bake 15-18 minutes until edges are slightly golden.
- Let cool completely in the pan before slicing into squares.