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Browned-Butter Oatmeal Raisinet Bars

You know you sneak your own candy into the movies. Drinks too. And bags of popcorn.

No? Just me?

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No! Not just me! Because my mom does it too! Where do you think I learned this?

My mom taught me a lot of things. Besides sneaking your own sustenance into the theater. For example, she also taught me that browning butter is a way to make butter a bajillion times tastier (pour it on your noodles…or popcorn…I dare ya!). And she also taught me how to hide candy from dad.

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AND she taught me that you should have a supply of candy (“snacks”) on you at all times. You just never know when you’re going to become extremely hungry and in dire need of Raisinets. Yes, Raisinets. Did you know that you could buy Raisinets in an economy-size bag? You can, which is just smart, and then you just keep  a baggie of them in your purse and refill your baggie when you get back to home base. Always prepared.

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So, when I saw these Browned-Butter Oatmeal Raisinet Bars, I swear they were made for my mother. Which is why I made them for her. For Mother’s Day. Which means, I made them and then saved a few for her in my freezer for the next time I see her, and my fiance and I ate the rest. Love you mom.

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Browned-Butter Oatmeal Raisinet Bars
(makes 9 bars)

8 Tbs. butter (one stick), browned

1 egg

2 Tbs. plain Greek yogurt

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup granulated Stevia

1 Tbs. vanilla extract

½ Tbs. cinnamon

pinch of salt

1 ¼ cups old fashioned oats

¼ cup flour (all purpose or a gluten-free blend)

1 cup Raisinets (I used ½ Raisinets, ½ yogurt-covered raisins)

~First, brown your butter. Over medium heat, in a small saucepan, melt your butter. Keep your eye on it and swirl it every few minutes. As soon as you see brown specks gathering in the bottom of the pan (and it is smelling nutty), turn off the heat, swirl the pan carefully a few times, and set the pan aside to cool.

~Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. and line an 8×8” pan with parchment or foil, sprayed with nonstick spray (leave enough parchment/foil overhanging to make it easier to lift the bars from the pan after they’re baked).

~In a mixing bowl, combine your egg, yogurt, brown sugar, and Stevia. Stir (with a fork or whisk) vigorously to incorporate. Then, add the vanilla. Drizzle in the browned butter while stirring until all of the butter is stirred in. Next, add the cinnamon, salt, oats, and flour. Stir and fold in the dry ingredients. Just before the dry ingredients are fully incorporated, add the Raisinets and stir until the batter looks evenly mixed.

~Bake the bars for 22-25 minutes or until golden brown and a test stick comes out clean (do not over-bake the bars or else they will become dry). Let the bars cool completely before slicing with a very sharp knife (I found them easiest to cut if they have been cold and cooled in the fridge first). Serve and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Averie Cooks: Browned Butter Oatmeal Raisinet White Chocolate Bars 

20 Responses to Browned-Butter Oatmeal Raisinet Bars

  1. lindsay says:

    i can no longer read your blog before breakfast. It;s torture. Drool

  2. MIz says:

    LOL @ lindsay.
    BAKING–it’s whats for breakfast, right?

  3. Yvonne says:

    She tells the truth and makes me laugh. We just finished an economy size bag of raisinettes. We do the dark chocolate now, so healthy. And of course, bring your own snacks everywhere!

  4. Your recipes always leave me drooling!

  5. Wow these look so delicious :) I don’t know if I could make them as I would eat the whole batch in one sitting :)

  6. Nope, you aren’t the only one! I’m guilty of doing that too. :) And I’m right there with you on browning butter–it’s amazing how it intensifies the butter flavor, almost making it slightly nutty and caramel-y, and makes anything you put it on taste THAT much better. Love that you added raisinets to these (my favorite movie snack). Can’t wait to make these!

  7. Your mom’s day thoughts – :)

    So these are low cal right? ;)

  8. Haha! When I was little, we lived in an apartment complex for a while that was within walking distance to a discount theater…my mom and I would take the “long way” around in order to stop by the convenience store on the way there so we could pick up our snacks first! Yoo Hoo & M&M’s were always a must for me back then, but nowadays I’m ALL about the trail mix…a good sweet and salty variety is the best! Can’t say I’ve ever tried a bag of popcorn though! Hmm, but I could totally do it with the purses I carry! Lol

    Dude, I need some yogurt covered raisins STAT! Have you seen that they make dark chocolate Raisinets now?! Yum!

    Love the thought process on your Mother’s Day gifting of these! Brilliant!

    PS, I’ve never tasted browned butter before! 8O

  9. That recipe… MMM MMM MMM. I have such a sweet tooth, and your bars look like the perfect remedy! Raisins are such a key ingredient when I’m looking for recipes.

    Have a great day!

  10. umm jonny and i have snuck ice cream in the movie theater… no joke!

  11. David says:

    These look delicious! I’ll have to keep them in mind next time I’m hunting for a snack to take in to the movies. :-) (oh, and my wife and I definitely took a bottle of red wine in with us to Shrek 2. Yes, Shrek 2.

  12. I love this. The recipe, yes, but also the tales of your mom. I have inherited so many (similar!) traits from mine. :)

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