Can’t resist oatmeal bars (easy recipe)

1 cup melted butter
1 egg
1/4 cup milk or water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 yellow cake mix
3 cups of minute (instant) oatmeal

Add ins: optional, any combination…
1 cup of baking chips ( white or butterscotch work best)
1 cup of raisins plumped by soaking in warm water for 10 mins
1 cup of nuts
Diced apples or dried fruit

Directions

Add all of the main ingredients to a large mixing bowl and blend with a mixer.
Batter will be thick and very sticky
Add mix ins and stir with a spoon, or wait until after the dough is spread to sprinkle them on top and use the spoon to push them into the batter
Lightly oil a large baking dish or two 9×9 pans or if you want very thin bars spread it out on a high sided cookie sheet
Press the dough down so there are no gaps

Bake at 350* for 15 minutes and check to see if they are done, they will be very moist and are done when the top is lightly browned, if need be allow to cook a few minutes and check again.

Remove from the oven and allow to stand for at least an hour until totally cool and they have settled into a thick somewhat dense bar.
Cut into slices and serve or wrap in plastic wrap.
If you use a foil pan you can just cover it with foil and freeze the entire pan.

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3 thoughts on “Can’t resist oatmeal bars (easy recipe)

  1. Tette says:

    1 cup melted butter = 2800 kcal
    1 yellow cake mix (Duncan Hines) = 1920 kcal
    1 large egg = 92 kcal
    1/2 cup brown sugar = 415 kcal.

    These ingredients alone are 5227 kcal. That is more than twice the daily recommended 2000 kcal amount. And I didn’t even count the oatmeal, add ins etc.
    Wow.

    I’ll pass, thank you very much.

  2. trinaxxl says:

    christmas treats are not generally eaten by the panfull

    • Tette says:

      I’m sad to say but I can’t stop with just a little bit. My number with treats is always “one”. Meaning: one bag, one pan, one dishful, one cupboard. I can’t stop if there’s some left 😦
      And soon enough, there isn’t anything left.

      For me it’s better not to be tempted at all and keep the bad stuff away from my home.
      Couln’t you try to tweak the recipe into more healthier one – kind of Eggface-style? That way even people like me could dare to try making that?

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