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Road Trip Bars

Total Time : 1 hour Prep Time: 15 minutes Bake Time : 30 minutes Servings : 39 bar-shaped cookies

2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening, butter or margarine (to grease the pan & the aluminum foil)

2-1/2 cups rolled oats

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup all-purpose flour **use whole wheat flour**

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup mini chocolate morsels

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Optional: 1/2 cup raisins (or raisins/chopped nuts mixed)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. Line pan with the folded foil across length of pan with 2 inches folded over both sides. Generously grease foil with vegetable shortening.
  • In a large bowl mix together dry ingredients: oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, baking soda, chocolate morsels and salt. Add honey, oil and vanilla extract, plus any optional nuts and raisins. Mix well and spoon into baking pan. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, press mixture firmly into the pan until evenly distributed and smooth on top.
  • Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until bars are slightly darker at the edges than the center. Cool on a wire rack 15 minutes. Cut with a serrated knife into 3-by-1-inch bars.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap or store in air-tight container.

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