Monday, January 19, 2015

Oatmeal and Pecan Bars

These Oatmeal and Pecan Bars are easy to make and a great treat anytime. Take to the office, pack in a school lunch, or bring on a picnic or hike ... they are the perfect "on the go" snack.

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 tbls. maple syrup
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Melt butter and syrup over low heat on stove-top or in microwave.

In a large bowl, combine butter mixture, baking soda, and allspice; mix well and let cool.

Add rolled oats, flour, sugar, and chopped  pecans; mix well. Press dough into prepared baking dish.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Let cool 10 minutes then immediately cut into bars; let cool completely then cut through again.