We are always looking for something good and easy to give to the kids when they get home from school. I know I always was.
When grandkids came along they would help me make all kinds of bars. This recipe is from Pam from Sullivan Extension.
Easy Apple Raisin Bars
1⁄2 cup raisins (can use more)
1 20-oz. can apple pie filling
1⁄2 cup nuts (chopped)
1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups flour
1 1⁄2 cup sugar
1 1⁄4 cup margarine (or butter)
2 cups oats (quick)
1 teaspoon soda
• Combine flour, sugar, oats, margarine and soda. Mix well.
• Reserve 1 1⁄2 cup of mixture.
• Press remaining mixture into ungreased 9- by 13-inch pan.
• Bake 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until light brown.
• Combine raisins, pie filling, nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well.
• Spread evenly over hot crust.
• Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
• Bake for another 30 minutes.
• Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Note: You can use sweetener for sugar and also use sugar-free apple pie filling. It’s a delicious, nutritious after-school snack. Makes about 2 1⁄2 dozen.
Jackie Lindley is a great-grandmother and retired Clark County, Ill., farmer. Send comments and recipes to her at 20472 E. 500th Road, West Union, IL 62477.