Love in a Lunch Box – Oatmeal Bars!


Children are excited about getting back to school, making new friends and just the excitement of a new beginning.  Even with all the anticipation, there is still the issue of getting out the door in the mornings.

For a smart start to the school year, bake and freeze breakfast and lunch box treats so you have them on hand for those hectic and busy mornings.

For these oatmeal bars, or most any bar cookies or brownies, they can be easily wrapped individually frozen.  So these are the perfect treat without purchasing pre-made items.  This recipe has oats, honey, and brown sugar.  Real food.  Next time you packaged treats read the label, most are loaded with preservatives and artificial ingredients.

When you bake at home, you know what they are eating in every delicious bite filled with love from your kitchen to their lunch box.

Oatmeal Bars

Makes 16 bars.

2 cups Southern Biscuit® Self-Rising Flour
1 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup old-fashioned or quick oats, divided
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 large egg, beaten
1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, 1 ½ cup oats, brown sugar, butter, honey, and egg. Reserve ½ cup of flour mixture. Press remainder in an 8x8x2-inch baking dish that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray.

Sprinkle with chips. Stir the remaining 1/3 cup oats into the reserved flour mixture. Sprinkle over the chips. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely and if desired cut and wrap into individual “to-go” servings.

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