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Easy Oatmeal Bars


What is it about a glass of vino that makes the words flow? Can someone please tell me? Some days I can stare at the computer for hours and not know what to write about, then I get up, pour a glass of wine, think for a little while, and before you know it the words are flowing so fast my fingers can’t keep up.

I know… you’re thinking Does she pour a glass of wine every time she has writers block?

No, I wish ;). This just happened right now… and maybe the night before… and the night before… 😉 And for the record this post was written last night… maybe… 😉

If you haven’t seen enough ways to prepare oats… here’s another one.


I’ve been trying to come up with a healthy treat I can put in M’s lunch for school. Something that was high in fiber and not too high in sugar. I found a recipe for some oatmeal bars and made a few subs…

Here’s what you’re gonna need:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

You wanna mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk egg, canola oil, honey, almond extract, and water.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined.

Doesn’t that dough look good? I love dough 🙂

Spray a small pan with non-stick cooking spray and press in the dough…


Bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Delicious! You can also mix in chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, or whatever add ins you like.

You can bet one of these will be in M’s lunch box.

18 Responses

  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on October 6, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Yum! I bet some jam smeared on top would be really good on these!

    Haha…yes, wine definitely makes the words flow!

  2. Lauren at KeepItSweet said on October 6, 2010 at 7:50 am

    great idea for a breakfast on the run

  3. Heather @ Side of Sneakers said on October 6, 2010 at 7:52 am

    This sounds delicious!! I love how simple you kept them- sometimes it’s nice to have bars packed with goodies, but honestly, I just love them plain so you can really taste the oats 🙂

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet said on October 6, 2010 at 7:57 am

    These look great. I think I would love them with some peanut butter and chocolate chunks!

  5. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on October 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Man I’m going to need to start drinking wine more often.

  6. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on October 6, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Must be why all the literary greats were raging alcoholics. That’s OK. I love The Sun Also Rises too much to care.

    These bars look so good. I think I’d add in chocolate chips.

  7. Erica said on October 6, 2010 at 8:58 am

    These look great and so healthy and clean! Wine makes everything flow more nicely especially after a long day!

  8. Maria said on October 6, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Easy and delicious!

  9. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on October 6, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Wine is the perfect lubricant! Sometimes ya just need a little to get ya going! The bars look delicious! M is such a good little eater!

  10. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said on October 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Yum these sounds great! I don’t pack for a kid but I bet my husband would love to have one of these with his lunch.

  11. Liz @ Tip Top Shape said on October 6, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Oooh, these look great!! I’m sure M will love them 😀

  12. Mo@MommyRD said on October 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Oh gosh, I’d have a hard time sharing these!

  13. lynn @ the actors diet said on October 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    love it – no sugar either!

  14. Nour El-Zibdeh, RD said on October 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Looks great… saving the recipe! Much better than buying bars… and your house smells better afterwards…

  15. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on October 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I have been looking for something like this! I have a ridiuculous amount of oats that I need to use!

  16. Ashley said on October 6, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Those look amazing! Think I would like to make them and add some pecans + dates 🙂

  17. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on October 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I love making my own bars, they are so much better than store bought versions!

  18. Shanna, like Banana said on October 6, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Yep, I’d make these. So tasty!

    And vino does make everything better!