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Crunchy Granola Oatmeal Bars
So where exactly is Baysville Ontario?
How making oatmeal bars came about for me
My husband has been working this past little while close to Baysville Ontario, in the Muskokas. While there he's found The Humble Pie Bakery that he loves. The way in which he described the place makes it sound so warm and inviting. It's an older lady that bakes and runs the place. It has the old wooden floors and a couple of tables for anyone that wants to sit and stay a spell to enjoy one her delicious treats, pizza or coffee.
The other day I get a text from hubby saying he'd just eaten the most amazing bars and could I try to make them for him. He told me they were called South African Crunchies. Being the amazing wife that I am, I told him I'd see what I could do. After searching the web for a recipe I came upon two that sounded quite good.
Out to the store I went to gather all the supplies I needed to make these oatmeal bars. Several recipes said that you have to use Lyle's Golden Syrup or else they won't taste quite as good with any other syrup. There was a time when every store carried it so I knew exactly what I was looking for, but ended up having to go to four stores to find it. By the time hubby got home the oatmeal bars were out of the oven and ready to sample.
I felt like Goldilocks from the Three Bears watching as he sampled the oatmeal bar. Well what do you think, I asked.
Hmm, not quite right. Can you try making them a little sweeter maybe, he replied.
Sure, I'll try. I'll make another batch of them tomorrow, I told him.
I had left the plate of oatmeal bars wrapped and on the counter and the next morning there was only one left. Someone sure liked them.
Anyway I fiddled around with the recipe I'd used and here is what I came up with. Even though they're not exactly like The Humble Pie Bakery's South African Crunchies, they are quite tasty. If you've ever had Quaker Oats Oatmeal Bars and like them, you'll love these.
Lyle's Golden Syrup used to always come in a green can. If you cannot find it in the can it may be because it also now come's in a glass jar, which is approximately the same size as the can.
- 2 1/4 cups of Large Flake Oats
- 3/4 cup of Flour, All purpose
- 1 1/4 cups of Coconut, Shredded
- 1/4 tsp of Salt
- 1/2 cup of Butter
- 3 tbs of Lyle's Golden Syrup
- 2 tbs of Milk
- 1 tsp of Baking Soda
- Cooking Spray
- 1/4 cup of Sugar
Making Oatmeal BarsClick thumbnail to view full-size
- Preheat your oven to 350° F. Spray an 11" X 7" baking pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium size mixing bowl combine the flour, oats, salt, and coconut blending well.
- In a small bow mix milk with the baking soda and set aside.
- In a saucepan melt butter and sugar together with the Lyle's Golden Syrup. When it starts to bubble remove from heat and stir in the milk and baking soda mixture.
- Add this to the dry ingredients mixing well.
- Press the mixture into the baking dish and press down firmly.
- Bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown. Turn off the oven and let the pan sit for ten minutes before removing from the oven.
- Cool completely before cutting into bars or squares.
- Serve and ENJOY!