It’s the middle of the week and I think it’s a perfect time to share one of my favorite go-to snacks. I love these Oatmeal Raisin bars because they’re healthy and they’re easy to make. I used to reach for those protein bars and then those other “nice” bars (you know the ones I talking about) and various other bars for my mid-morning snack with a cup of tea. Then I got to a point where I realized some of those bars are just as bad as a candy bar. Go ahead, read some of those labels. And the other bars while they have real foods in them (don’t get me started on the ingredients that I can’t pronounce in packaged foods) I found them to be held together by something gooey and sugary and I didn’t like the taste or texture. Ugh. So I now make my own bars. And today’s recipe is an Oatmeal Raisin bar that is easy, fast and flexible. Best of all, you know exactly what you’re putting into the bar.
When I’m in the mood a little chocolate, I had a handful of chips to the batter. When I want to take the bars up a notch I substitute the raisins with dried cherries and add in dark chocolate chips. Like the bars as is but like and added kick of cinnamon, then sprinkle a little extra. You really can’t do anything wrong to this recipe.
It seems like a forever since I’ve tied on an apron, pulled out the flour canister and rolled up my sleeves to do some baking. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of bad news, a beautiful destination wedding , a holiday and a (finally) completed partial submission to an agent. To break my non-baking period and to welcome the new season of spring I opted to baked up a batch of scones. There’s just something about spring and scones that speaks to me.
Baking is my yoga. It’s where I go when I need to find balance, to center myself. Baking requires that you give your full one hundred percent attention or else you’ll end up with a loaf of Irish Soda bread minus the sugar (yeah, that happened). Baking allows me to step away from reality for a brief period of time and not think about what’s going on around me. For a little while it’s just me and the ingredients and a recipe.
Baking is also what I do when I want to celebrate a holiday, an event or an accomplishment. So much has happened over the past few weeks, the biggest for me is that I’ve completed the partial to submit to an agent. Query letter, synopsis, three chapters and a marketing plan all done! That definitely requires a celebration. Below is my celebration, followed by some time on the treadmill. Balance, you know. 🙂
These scones are light and sweet and one is just never enough. They also come together quickly and easily so if you need to serve something up at the last minute this will be a perfect go-to recipe for you to have in your recipe box.
What recipe speaks to you when spring rolls around?
Light and sweet, these scones are perfect for breakfast or a mid-day snack.
1 egg (slightly beaten)
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
2½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter
½ cup white chocolate chips
½ cup raisins
Place egg in a liquid measuring cup. Add enough buttermilk to equal 1 cup, set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins and white chocolate chips. Add milk and egg mixture. Stir until dough clings together.
Drop dough, use ¼ cup measure, onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
My Christmas baking includes a spreadsheet, a calendar and a lot of prep. While some put up trees and decorate on Thanksgiving weekend, I make the dough for all of my Christmas cookies so when it comes time to bake half the work is already done.