You know you sneak your own candy into the movies. Drinks too. And bags of popcorn.
No? Just me?
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.
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.
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.
Browned-Butter Oatmeal Raisinet Bars
(makes 9 bars)
8 Tbs. butter (one stick), browned
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