Maple Oatmeal Bars

I couldn’t stop with just making Fat Witch Brownie Bites.  There are so many great recipes in Fat Witch Brownies by Patricia Helding that it’s hard to decide which ones to make but one word had me with this recipe, M-A-P-L-E!

I love real maple syrup and get some twice a year direct from a friend who has family in Vermont that visit him in Colorado frequently – lucky for me!

 

These are a wonderfully nutty, hearty bar, although instead of bars I made mine in a muffin pan so they are more like maple oatmeal cookies.

 

Just like the brownie bites, I halved the recipe because I just don’t need that much yummy stuff laying around.  I have little to no self control.  I also added a bit of ground flax seed to increase the health factor slightly.

 

Maple Oatmeal Bars

adapted from Fat Witch Brownies

makes 6 large treats

 

4 T. unsalted butter

1/4 c. + 1 T. maple syrup

3/4 t. pure vanilla extract

3/4 c. rolled oats

1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 c. ground flax seed

1/4 c. packed light brown sugar

1/8 t. salt

1/4 c. chopped walnuts

 

Butter and flour 6 places in a 12 place muffin tin.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat.  Remove from heat and add the maple syrup and vanilla.

 

In a separate bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar and salt.  Mix with a wooden spoon while pouring the maple syrup mixture over the oat mixture.  Add the flax and walnuts and stir thoroughly until everything is combined.

 

Divide the mixture among the 6 cups and press down into the cup.  Bake for about 10 minutes or until desired doneness.  I underbaked mine so they would be chewy.

 

 

Let cool slightly and serve.  These were best served warm.  A scoop of ice cream on them would have been dynamite… however in an effort to restrain myself I ate them plain.  Still delicious!

 

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