Oat, Raisin, and Nut Bars

Oat, Raisin, and Nut Bars
Raymond Hom
The star of this recipe, oats are packed with goodness, from cholesterol-fighting fiber and antioxidants to a nutty taste and chewy texture.

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Makes 15 bars
preparation
30
minutes
cooking
75
minutes

Ingredients

8
tablespoons
(1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
2
cups
old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
1/2
cup
all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/2
teaspoon
baking soda
1/2
teaspoon
ground cinnamon
1/2
teaspoon
kosher salt
1/2
cup
packed light brown sugar
1
teaspoon
pure vanilla extract
1/2
cup
raisins
1/2
cup
unsalted mixed nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, roughly chopped
2
ounces
semisweet chocolate, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325° F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil; butter the foil.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Stir in the oat mixture, raisins, and nuts until combined.
  4. Press the oat-butter mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake until the edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. While still warm, cut into 15 bars. Let cool completely in the pan.
  5. Meanwhile, in a double boiler or a medium heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate, stirring often, until smooth. Drizzle over the cooled bars and chill until set, 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Storage suggestion: Keep the bars at room temperature, individually wrapped or between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container, for up to 5 days.
Charlyne Mattox
November 2011

Nutritional Information

  • Per Serving
  • Calories 204
  • Fat 11 g
  • Sat Fat 5 g
  • Cholesterol 17 mg
  • Sodium 111 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Carbohydrate 25 g
  • Sugar 12 g
  • Fiber 2 g
  • Iron 1 mg
  • Calcium 22 mg
What does this mean? See Nutrition 101.

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