2 cups oatmeal
1/2 to 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat germ*
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking pan and set aside.
Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients; pour wet ingredients into well.
This is the Measure All Cup by The Pampered Chef and it's the easiest way to measure thick and/or sticky ingredients such as honey, shortening, or peanut butter.
Mix until combined, then spread into the prepared pan. Using your hands, press it evenly over the bottom of the pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until they begin to turn brown around the edges. Cut bars while still warm. Store in an air-tight container or zip-top bag.
I made two different kinds. One had dried cranberries, and the other had chopped almonds and mini chocolate chips mixed in and melted chocolate drizzled on top.
Variations - Instead of raisins, you can use any of the following:
- Dried Cranberries
- Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (plus some chocolate chips, of course!)
- Dried Fruits (apples, bananas, cherries, blueberries, etc.)
- Pretty much anything your heart desires!