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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

On Saturday Hazel decided instead of playing outside in the gorgeous weather she wanted to bake cookies. She was persistent so I gave in. We looked through a few recipe books and decided on Bert's Best Blueberry Oatmeal Bars from C is for Cooking by Susan McQuillan, RD. The nice thing about this book is it gives the instructions that the kids should be able to do. Of course, Hazel wants to do all of it, but that is besides the point. Hazel insisted I wear her chef hat. She had it on with her matching apron, but I was too slow with the camera. Sorry!


Blueberry Oatmeal Bars (adapted from C is for Cooking by Susan McQuillan, RD)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (ok the recipe calls for all purpose, but I used whole wheat)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (now you know Hazel will be happy with this!)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil (we used canola)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups uncooked old-fashioned oats
2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Lightly spray  the foil with a cooking spray.
Hazel measured the flour herself!
2) KIDS: In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
And she measured the cinnamon herself!
3) In mixer bowl, beat together brown sugar, granulated sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat in oil, eggs and vanilla. With wooden spoon, mix in the flour mixture until blended. Stir in oats and blueberries.
Apparently in our house, step 3 is for kids as well!
4) KIDS: Use a rubber spatula to spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.
5) Bake until golden brown 30 to 35 minutes. Put pan on cooling rack. Once cool lift foil to remove from pan and then cut into 24 bars.

I found this neat site My Fitness Plan that gives you the nutritional breakdown from famous recipes including this one. (It may ask you to sign up but I just hit close and it gave me the information.) Then I used that information to calculate the Weight Watcher Points Plus and each bar is 4 points plus.

I would add walnuts next time to this recipe!! All of us enjoyed these and are still enjoying!!

4 comments:

  1. These look delicious! I have everything to make them except my oats are the quick cook kind (cooks in 1 minute). Do you think they would work in this recipe? (say yes, say yes...I really want to make these tomorrow! But...I could go to the store if not!)

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  2. These look yummy!
    And the book looks really neat too! I'll have to look for it when we go to the book store!
    Thanks for linking with my Super Link Party!

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  3. Oh, this looks wonderful! I'm definitely going to try them in the morning...thanks for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday!! I'm pinning them too!

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  4. These sound seriously tasty! And I love seeing Hazel baking ~ it's amazing to see how good they are getting at things like measuring and cracking eggs... clever kids! Thanks for sharing at Happy lil ❤'s are baking!!

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