oatmeal almond chewies

oatmeal almond chewies

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After winning the ‘Voters Choice’ in Sara Moulton’s ‘Locavore’ contest, I got not only a set of awesome copper clad cookware, but Sara sent me her three cookbooks all personally signed!  There are so many fabulous recipes, I just decided to fan through  and stop where it stopped~~and, it just so happened, that it landed on page 355 of her ‘Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners’ cookbook!

Since I love oatmeal, I was happy, and knowing my ‘boho’ tendencies~~I mean I always have to tweak and make a recipe my own~~but, isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be~~I decided to make these a tad more healthy with wheat germ, and to add for richness some of Rodelle’s wonderful organic vanilla.  Both of these choices worked well because these are like chewy granola bars~~and, that’s why I’m not calling them cookies, like Sara does!  But, I think she’d approve and be delighted to see what I’ve done with her great recipe!

oatmeal almond chewies

Makes: One 10×12 baking sheet

Preheat oven to 350

What you need:

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

8 tbl softened butter

2 eggs

1 tsp Rodelle pure almond extract

1 tsp Rodelle  vanilla extract

1 cup almonds

1 cup self-rising flour

1/2 cup wheat germ

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1/2 cup raisins

oatmeal almond chewiesoatmeal almond chewies

What you do:

In a food processor put the brown sugar, butter, eggs, almond and vanilla extract and almonds and pulse until well incorporated~~about 2 minutes.  Add the flour, wheat germ and pulse 4 or 5 times making a dough.

Add the oats, raisins and pulse another 4 or 5 times.  Dump into a greased baking dish. (Note:  I used an 8×8 baking pan and a 5″ cast iron skillet.)  Put oil on your hands and pat into the dish working into the corners.  Bake in a preheated 350 oven about 15-17 minutes (until firm and golden brown–do not overcook–will dry out.)  Remove, let rest about 2-3 minutes then slice while still hot.  Let the cool until ready to serve.

Store in an airtight container.

oatmeal almond chewies

oatmeal almond chewies

2 Comments

  1. HI Ally, Do the Oatmeal Almond Chewies have raisins or other dried fruit? I am just looking at the pictures and comparing to the ingredients…if not, then are the almonds the dark areas in the chewies? These look great and I am definitely going to try.

    • Hi, Judy! Thanks for alerting me to that…yes, I did put raisins in them, but Sara’s recipe did not call for them…I really wanted chopped dates, but didn’t have any…you can omit, add or change…craisins, dates, whatever…they’re reeeeally good, darlin!! xo Love your support!! 🙂

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