based on a recipe from my friend Valerie
yield: about 3 dozen 1x3" bars
3/4 c. soft butter
1 1/2 c. dark brown sugar
3 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 c. flour (I used 1 cup of almond flour* and 1/2 c. all-purpose flour)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. oat flour* (made by pulsing rolled oats in a food processor) + 1 c. rolled oats
2 c. rice krispies
1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. raisins or dried cranberries, or a combination
1/2 c. dried sweetened coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together wet ingredients in a small bowl, then add sugar. Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl and add in wet ingredients (I did this step in a mixer with a dough hook to save myself the stirring). Press into a well-greased 9x13" pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes. Cool then cut into bars.
I hit the jackpot with this. I am definitely not telling you I'm an amazing cook -nope, what I'm saying is that this is an amazing recipe. And it made a TON! I cut these into 1"x3" bars because they are really hearty, and it turns out that they are just the right size for stuffing in my mouth when the kids aren't watching. What's that? You've never done that? Oh. Well, I sneak food all the time because my precious
So, go. Make these. Be a better person than me and share them with those you love.
*If you don't have almond flour, no biggie - just use 1 1/2 c. all purpose flour. And if you aren't in the mood for pulverizing oats in a food processor, omit the oat flour and throw in an extra cup or so of rolled oats.