Oatmeal Raisin Bars

Oatmeal Raisin Bars

Oatmeal Raisin Bars

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups raisins
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

for the base and crumb mixture

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (also called rolled)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed – you can also use coconut sugar instead
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free butter
  • 1/2 cups chopped peanuts

Instructions

  • Do the raisin filling first so it can cool a bit while you are working on the crumb mixture.

For the Filling:

  • In a medium sized saucepan add the sugar and cornstarch.
  • Stir in the raisins and orange juice. Do not add the coconut yet.
  • Cook over medium heat until thickened. Take off the heat and stir in the coconut. Set aside.

For the crumb mixture:

  • In a large bowl add the flour, oats, brown sugar and baking soda. Mix together.
  • Add the dairy-free butter and cut in until the mixture resembles crumbs.
  • Remove 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture and put in a small bowl. Add the peanuts and set aside for the topping.

Assembling:

  • With your fingers – press the remaining crumb mixture in an ungreased 9″x9″ baking pan.
  • Spread the raisin mixture all over the bottom layer.
  • Evenly sprinkle the peanut mixture over the top. Press gently into the raisin mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Makes about 20 bars depending on the size that you cut your squares.

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