Raisin Iron Bars

"A healthy sweet treat that I've been making since I could bake."
photo by Missy Wombat photo by Missy Wombat
photo by Missy Wombat
Ready In:
18 bars




  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl, sift flour, non-fat dry milk, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix oil, molasses,and water.
  • Add egg, brown sugar, and carrots.
  • Add dry ingredients; mix well.
  • Add the rolled oats and raisins; mix well.
  • Pour into a greased 9-inch pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool for at least 15 minutes.
  • Cut into 18 bars.

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  1. DangerousWithKnives
    We added 1/2 cup of walnuts to this one to give it a bit of crunch. Delicious!
  2. ladypit
    I too didn't find the molasses flavor to be too strong (though we too love molasses). I thought these were dense but had lovely flavor and texture. My husband has raved. My picky eater (age 4) wasn't a huge fan, though he took a few bites. I used regular oats (not quick cooking) and found that I had plenty of texture for my taste. Yum. Thanks!
  3. Roosie
    Now, we love molasses, but these are delicious! I used mostly blackstrap (used up the last of it, so did have to top it off with some barbados), but I didn't find it terribly strong. I think that the oaty flavor and texture helps the molasses flavor from being overwhelming. I think the carrots probably help sweeten it up too, although they are pretty much undetecible in the dish. I love all the healthy things in here! Mine is actually a tad cakier and crumblier than I might like, so next time I will try this with whole wheat flour- I think it might be more delicious and even healthier, to boot! I only added half the amount of salt required. Next time I might add some nuts too- I found myself craving a bit more texture, but that might just be because of the cakiness. The oats give this nice little chewy bits, but honestly, next time, I might try putting in the 1/2 cup water as 1/2 cup warm water and letting the oats soak a bit. Just to try! I love the dark flavor of this with the bits of raisins and the pretty pale oats! We loved it! Thanks for posting; I will make again!
  4. Missy Wombat
    Very easy recipe with lots of healthy things in there. Used blackstrap molasses which might be a bit strong for some but I like it ;). Good recipe Caryn!


I live in to Jacksonville, FL with my husband, 2 daughters (17 and 11), 4 cats, and 2 dogs. My favorite things to make are cookies/bars and pound cakes. I have had a great time cooking since discovering Recipezaar January 2002. This is a picture of my youngest cat, Lily. She is my sweet sweet little baby.
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