You may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet for the past few days.
I do actually have a good excuse, though!
The hubby and I have been busy trekking across the country to visit my family. Thankfully, we managed to make it all in one piece. Actually, make that two can’t-wait-to-get-out-of-the-car pieces!
We may have been dealing with a mild case of claustrophobia, but you better believe we didn’t go hungry! In fact, I learned early in my life to always have a healthy snack with me, just in case.
And that never ends pretty.
So, I knew that I would need lots of snacks to have along with me on the road. I had tons of fresh fruit…but that can only take you so far…
I’ve always been a big fan of Larabars due to their use of simple, REAL food ingredients. However, my wallet is not always a fan.
Naturally, I decided to try making my own! After all, the ingredients are pretty simple. Now, you may notice that most Larabars call for dates. I love dates, but I was out of them…so I decided to improvise with raisins.
I am so, so glad that I did!
For one thing, they really do taste just like oatmeal raisin cookies, which have always held a special place in my heart.
Secondly, they are ultra-portable, so they are great to have around when on-the-go.
Plus, they are so stinkin’ easy to make!! Seriously. It takes mere minutes.
OH, and they are sweetened only with the goodness of raisins and have never set foot in a factory. You can’t say that about the other snack bars out there!
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars
(Yields about 7 bars)
- 2/3 cup rolled oats (you can also use quinoa flakes, if you prefer)
- 1 cup raw almonds, walnuts, or pecans
- 1 cup raisins
- Pinch or two of sea salt, according to taste
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Place the rolled oats in a food processor and process until the oats are ground almost into a flour.
Add all of the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blend until the almonds are chopped and everything is well-combined.
Divide the mixture into seven equal portions. Place each portion in between two pieces of plastic wrap, or inside a zip-top sandwich bag and then use your hand to shape it into a bar. Of course, you can form these into whatever shapes you want…stars, hearts, you name it! Or, you can always just eat it right off the spoon…a personal favorite of mine.
These delicious babies can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks (although we never manage to keep them that long around here!), or you can even freeze them!
*This recipe was featured on Frugally Sustainable!