I found the recipe for these little beauties over at Haute Apple Pie and pinned them so I could find em later! I was drawn to them because they use flaxseed and whole wheat flour, and what mom isn’t trying to work more of those kinds of ingredients into daily life?! I was looking around at granola recipes but these seemed a little more cookie-ish — which makes them more appealing to the kids and the hubs. (Ok, and to me too. I have such a sweet tooth!) Once they were made and I got a bite I decided they taste so much like oatmeal cookies and I probably shouldn’t give them to my children. I would do the whole family a favor and just sit in my bedroom with a fork and take care of this little attempt at semi-health food I’d made! 😉 Oh if only I could… Unfortunately the family smelled them baking and wanted in on the brown sugary goodness too! -Shucks. So yeah, they were a hit. I would suggest baking some up of your very own. I think I’ll make a batch for my in-law’s Easter lunch this Sunday!
3/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar (maybe a little more – just for good measure) 😉
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp ground (milled) flaxseed
1 cup dried cherries
2 cup oatmeal
Preheat the oven to 350°
Prepare a 9 x 9 baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
Beat together the butter, and sugars.
Continue adding in the rest of the ingredients one by one until you get to the cherries. You’ll want to use a wooden spoon to fold in the cherries. Then fold in the oatmeal too.
Dump the batter into the greased pan and smooth the top out evenly.
Bake 30 – 35 minutes. The top will be lightly golden.
Once cooled divide the bars into 16 even squares. (Put about 8 of those squares into a tupperware and stash it behind the cleaning supplies – you know the family will never find them hiding back there! haha)