Oatmeal bars

The Hubbs’ tum has been acting up again this summer and he finally had a long chat with Fam Doc about it. The results of that was a double-round of antibiotics + a CT scan just to see what was going on inside. The results of the scan were unexciting, at best, but it did show some spasming. How one can tell that on a CT Scan is beyond me, but as a precautionary measure and given The Hubbs’ family history of colon cancer, he’s off to see a specialist.

In the meantime, The Hubbs asked what preventative measures he could take or what kind of diet he should assume to make his life less uncomfortable. The usual protocal is lots of water and more fibre — something most people could use anyways. Or if he insists on keeping up with his foamy-white-bread diet, he can start off with a slow go of metamucil until he reaches the typical presribed doseage.

For whatever reason, while I was making friends with the Moose & the little blue pills (which are technically orange now, with the dose change, but I’ll just keep calling them blue pills for ease of identification) last night, I had it in my head to make oatmeal cookies. Oatmeal cookies with a nice cinnamon hit with some chocolate and craisins. Yum… at least, in my head it’s yum ^_^;;;;

Anyhow, as I was finishing breakfast (leftover ddukbokki, which ended up being not even remotely as spicy as leftovers than it was fresh-made) my ambition to make cookies this morning was slowly starting to dwindle… I still wanted the cookies, but my energy was just sapping by the minute. And then I actually googled the Quaker Oatmeal cookie recipe… and lo & behold at the bottom of the screen, it said I could turn this recipe into BARS. FANTASTIC!!

So from that point forward, it was pretty much a done deal. Mixing up cookie batter’s not terribly energy-sapping, it’s the standing around doling out little scoops of dough and waiting for each batch to bake that tends to do me in. Bars, on the other hand, which I’ve only ever made a few times (and they were layered bars, at that), SO much less time consuming! I am a wonderfully happy girl, now.

Here’s the recipe with my changes.

Oatmeal Bars

3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup craisins
1 cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350°F.
In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, oats, chocolate chips & craisins; mix well.
Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown.
Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
Cut into 24 bars. Store tightly covered.

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