Don’t Buy Granola Bars Anymore! Make Oatmeal Fruit Cookie Bars! by Kathy Widenhouse

4 years ago
Don’t Buy Granola Bars Anymore! Make Oatmeal Fruit Cookie Bars!

Quick? Healthy? Yep. Use ingredients already in your pantry to make these oatmeal fruit cookie bars!

You’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups oatmeal (either rolled oats or quick oats)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dried fruit, any combination (raisins, dried cranberries, apricots, dates, plums, apples, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Here’s how to make them:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Use aluminum foil or parchment paper to line a 13x9-inch baking pan and coat with vegetable spray. Set the pan aside.
  2. In a bowl using an electric mixer on low speed, cream together butter, honey, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda and oats. Stir until well-mixed. The mixture will form large, soft clumps.
  3. Stir in dried fruit and nuts.
  4. Press mixture into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 18-20 until edges begin to turn brown. Remove the pan from oven. Use a small loaf pan or other smooth-bottomed dish to press the bars flat.
  5. Allow the cookies to cool completely. Use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter to cut into 6 rows of 4 or any size you wish.
  6. Store the bar cookies in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a week. You can also freeze them to serve later.

Learn more about this recipe here!

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
These look great! Thanks for sharing!

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