Sunday, November 6, 2011

Oatmeal Walnut Bars

There's been so much going on that I haven't cooked much lately.  A couple of weeks ago, I suddenly realized that one of my recent endeavors - being a founder and coach of Girls on the Run of Las Vegas - provided me with the perfect opportunity to do some baking.  After each running lesson with our 3rd through 5th grade girls, we feed them a healthy snack.  Rather than buying something, I decided to bake the girls' post-lesson treats.

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 3/4 brown sugar (I used Just Like Sugar, which is a non-caloric natural sugar substitute.)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped walnuts

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spritz a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick buttery spray.
  • Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. 
  • Add the egg and vanilla, blending thoroughly.
  • Add wet mixture to flour mixture and combine thoroughly.
  • Mix in nuts.
  • Spoon mixture into baking pan.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  • Let cool and slice into bars.

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