Total Time
Prep 4 mins
Cook 16 mins

A quick and simple recipe from The Lighthearted Cookbook that uses the microwave to shorten prep time. I prefer the vanilla extract, but it's up to you and your tastes. :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In an 8-inch (2 L) square glass or microwavable dish, microwave margarine at high power for 40 to 60 secnds, or until melted. Stir in extract and sugar, mix well. Stir in oats and mix well.
  2. In oven, bake at 350 degrees F or until bubbling and golden brown.
Most Helpful

5 5

The kids at our school love this bar. We do add chocolate chips or blueberries to ours though.

3 5

This recipe had agreat taste and was very easy to make,but I had trouble with the "squares" part. It crumbled, even after cooling and chilling in fridge. I just couldn't get the squares to stay intact. It did make a great granola base though, and was good on vanilla ice cream. :-) It's worth making.

1 5

granola yes, bars no - it doesn't stick together or anything.. it's missing baking soda and some liquid to make that oatmeal puff and bake. no clear baking time stated either; just says temp at 350.. anyhow won't be attempting this again.