My recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Bars is my absolute favorite, can’t-eat-just-one baked good. They’re seriously THE BEST! And, pretty much every time I bake a batch, they’re completely gone within 2-3 days with me doing 90% of the damage! I realize it would be much easier to just not make these delicious treats, so I don’t devour them in less than 72 hours, but not enjoying these goodies would also make me pretty sad. So, what to do? “Skinny” the recipe!
“Skinny” Oatmeal Raisin Bars
Makes 9 bars
Ingredients: 2 cups dry oats 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup wheat bran 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup canola oil 2 eggs 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup raisins
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ingredients until smooth. 3. Spread batter in prepared baking pan, and bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until bars are cooked all the way through. 4. Let bars cool completely in pan before cutting.
Changes: The sweet brown sugar still dominates the bars, which makes me think that the 1/4 cup of sugar in the original recipe probably wasn’t needed at all, so I just nixed it. I reduced the amount of canola oil to 1/4 cup from 1/2 cup, which cut a number of calories from the recipe. I replaced 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour with 1/4 cup of wheat bran for some added fiber, protein, iron, and other nutritional goodies. I also added a tiny amount of vanilla extract for some added sweetness.
My Review: Flavor-wise, the “skinny” version of Oatmeal Raisin Bars is pretty close to the original, but not nearly as sweet. The texture of the “skinny” bars is a tad more chewy and dense compared to the original recipe. If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, but not necessarily dessert, these “Skinny” Oatmeal Raisins Bars are perfect for satisfying that craving!