As the summer winds down, we look forward to cooler temps, changing leaves, and kids going back to school. The summer was lots of fun, but I think we’re all just about ready to get back into a steady routine. My kids are always excited to find out who their new teachers are going to be, and to pick out their new pencil boxes and backpacks.
Back to school is always a bit of a transition time. It can be hard to get everyone back into those good study habits again. Past experience has taught me that it’s best if I can give my kids my full attention for the first hour or so after they come off the bus. I need to remind them to hang up their jackets and backpacks, get started on their homework before it gets too late and they’re tired, and make sure they get some wholesome food into their bellies.
In anticipation of all of this, I’ve been working overtime to make sure our fridge and freezer are stocked with great options for them. Just like most other kids, mine love pizza, so I’ve got homemade pizzas stacked in the freezer. I like to hide healthy veggies in the sauce. My boys also love soups, so I’ve got several varieties ready to reheat for a quick and healthy snack. And I don’t mind feeding them a sweet treat every now and then, especially if it’s homemade. I feel good knowing that they’re eating something that I know has been made by me, with the best quality ingredients, and lots of love.
These bars have all the deep brown sugar flavor and texture of your favorite blondie, with the added flavor and heartiness of oatmeal, raisins, and cinnamon. They make a wonderful fall treat that will have your whole house smelling delicious!
This is an easy, one-bowl recipe that begins with melted butter, dark brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. To that mixture, we add all-purpose and whole wheat flours, oats, cinnamon, and a little leavening to keep things light.
Finally, the raisins are stirred in and the mixture gets spread into a KitchenAid® Professional-Grade Nonstick Square Pan. I like to line mine with a sheet of parchment paper. It just makes everything come out so much more easily when it’s time to cut the bars.
I love to bake recipes like this in my KitchenAid® Convection Digital Countertop Oven. It provides a nice, even heat and browns beautifully. I just love that crackly top and those chewy corner pieces!
Once the bars are cooled and cut, they can be drizzled with an easy vanilla bean glaze. It takes these blondies from good to fabulous!
Your whole family will love snacking on this fun fall treat.
The texture is moist and fudge-like just like a brownie, but with a deep, warm flavor of brown sugar, cinnamon, oats, and raisins. Welcome fall with these delicious Oatmeal Raisin Blondies!
Oatmeal Raisin Blondies
Makes 18 servings
For the bars
1 cup (230 grams) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups (365 grams) dark brown sugar
2 large eggs (100 grams)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup (90 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (115 grams) whole wheat flour
3/4 cup (150 grams) rolled oats
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (140 grams) raisins
For the icing
3/4 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (extract can be substituted)
For the bars
Place the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, and mix on medium-low speed until combined.
Add the flours, oats, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix on medium-low speed until incorporated. Stir in the raisins.
Transfer the blondie batter to the prepared pan, and spread into an even layer. Convection bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
Cool completely, then cut into bars or triangles. Drizzle with icing.
For the icing
Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir together until smooth.
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