What do you eat before a workout or long run? For me, it has always been a hearty bowl of oatmeal with raisins. The oats are slowly digested carbohydrates which are a great source of fuel for a long workout, and the raisins offer a quick digesting source of carbohydrates that give you a quick start. This bar allows you to take that bowl of oatmeal to go! Make a batch this weekend, and you will have a great pre-workout meal, or even an amazing snack for the kids.
1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 8"x8" pan. Line with foil or parchment, and grease again, if desired (see tips, below left).
2) In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar; beat in the eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl between additions. Beat in the vanilla.
3) In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix into the butter mixture until evenly combined.
4) Stir in the oats and raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth out the top.
5) Bake for 25 to 28 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the edges just begin to pull away from the side of the pan. The center should be set, not wobbly. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.
6) Once the bars are cooled to lukewarm, you can use the parchment or foil to lift them out of the pan onto a cutting board. Cut when completely cool.
Adapted from King Arthur Flour - http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/granola-brownie-bars-recipe
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