- 3⁄4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons margarine
- 3⁄4 cup apple butter or 3⁄4 cup applesauce
- 2 egg whites or 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons skim milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
- 3 cups oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
- 1 cup raisins or 1 cup diced dried mixed fruit
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Beat together sugars and margarine until well blended.
- Add apple butter, egg whites, milk and vanilla; beat well.
- Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; mix well.
- Stir in oats and raisins; mix well (Dough will be moist).
- Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
- Cool completely before cutting into bars.
- Store tightly covered.
Thank you Dancer! My DH needs to lower his cholesterol and can't abide cooked cereal. I think you might have given me a solution with these bars! The whole family loved them. Great with a cup of tea, or on the run for a quick breakfast!
Wouldn't call it a cookie, but rather a "flat muffin" or "breakfast bar". They were more cake-like than I expected. Delicious and healthy! I made mine extra healthy with 1/2 c whole wheat flour and 1/4 c honey instead of the white sugar. I also used 1/2 c rolled barley instead of rolled oats. I think next time I will cook at 325 for longer, to give the oats more time to soften. I also DOUBLED the cinn and nutmeg and added 1/4 t allspice--I always double my spices, plus I used applesauce which doesn't have the spices of some apple butters (but why would you waste yummy apple butter in a recipe?!) Thanks, Dancer, this one I can feel good about giving to my kids!
These were good. Kind of tasted like a spicy oatmeal cookie. I served this with a vanilla glaze so it was more like a dessert. Thank you.