Key Lime Crumb Bars

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These Key Lime Crumb Bars are soooo delicious!  They are so light and refreshing.  Just perfect for a hot summer day.  I like keeping them in the fridge so they are extra cool.  Yum!!!   As usual with the recipes that I share, these are easy to make too.  I hope you will give them a try!

Key Lime Crumb Bars
 
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Serves: 1 dozen bars
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, slightly softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup key lime juice
  • zest of 1 lime
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, mix butter and brown sugar together until well blended
  3. In a smaller bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  4. Add the oats into the butter mixture and stir well.
  5. Then add in the sifted flour mixture. Now stir until combined into a nice crumb.
  6. Lightly spray an 8x11 glass pan and press half of the crumb mixture into the bottom.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together the condensed milk, key lime juice and lemon zest.
  8. Spread this onto the crumb layer in your glass pan. Then use your hands to knead together the other half of the crumb mixture (to better incorporate the butter) and put it on top of the lime mixture. Do NOT press the crumb this time!
  9. Put in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes and golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and let sit for 30 minutes to rest.
  11. Refrigerate for two-four hours. Cut into bars and serve.

Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman.

Skinny Banana Bread Cookies

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My biggest challenge is that I like something sweet after each meal.  Oh, and I might also tend to graze the kitchen throughout the day.  I am always going through there to do laundry or other tasks.  It is just so easy to grab a cookie or snack.  I knew I needed to come up with some healthier options that were still just as convenient.  In comes these amazing Skinny Banana Bread Cookies.

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These cookies are so delicious.  I have a confession to make.  I don’t handle moderation very well.  I am an all or none kind of girl.  At least with these cookies I know that I am eating something healthy rather than junk.  That makes me feel good even on the days when the scale doesn’t move and I know I ate  about 10 of these.  😉

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This recipe came together because, as you know, I have a sincere love of Oatmeal Raisin cookies, or bars or milkshakes…  The list could go on and on.  I wanted something that would fit my craving.  I started playing around and came up with these.  They are absolutely delicious.  It proved to me that healthy can be very tasty.  😉

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Do these not look just absolutely scrumptious??  I am fighting the urge to head into the kitchen right now and scarf down the whole container full.

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Don’t you love a recipe that feels sinful when you eat it but it’s actually healthy?  I do!

Skinny Banana Bread Cookies
 
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Serves: 18 cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 very ripe large banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, banana, honey, egg and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture into the banana mixture.
  5. Now stir in the oats and raisins.
  6. Drop Tablespoon size cookies onto a parchment lined or greased baking pan.
  7. Flatten slightly with your spatula.
  8. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy.
  10. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
* You can make oat flour by putting old-fashioned oats in your food processor and process until it becomes a powder.
* You can also take out the raisins to cut more sugar.

 

Oatmeal Raisin Bars

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Do you ever stress out over large purchases?  I do.  I research things to death.  The decision seems to consume me.  It is all I can think about and I spend all my time pouring over internet reviews and comparing things to each other.  It drives my husband crazy.  I ask him question after question and his opinions on what I should do.  I make up my mind, then have second thoughts, then make up my mind, then have second thoughts.  I never realized how maddening it really was until we had a teenager who does the same exact thing.

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The last couple of weeks I have been agonizing over the decision to switch cell phones.  How pathetic is that?!   It has become such a huge part of my everyday life though.  I keep all my recipes on it, write comments on my blog, use Pinterest, text all my friends, keep my calendar/planner on it, etc.  I really don’t know how I ever managed life without my phone so it is a big decision when it comes to what phone will work best for me.  Anyway, I have had every iPhone that has come out since the original.  I have been a pretty die hard Apple fan.  Well, I have been yearning for a larger screen.  I just kept saying it would make blog work and other things on the go so much easier.  My son traded in his iPhone for a Samsung Galaxy S4.  I started having serious screen envy.  He kept showing me how his phone would do everything I wanted and more.  Then I really started considering the switch and doing my research.  I had gone through the yes I will, no I won’t, yes I will a dozen times.  I decided I couldn’t do it.  Until… they announced the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3.  I was instantly in love and knew I had to do it.  Don’t get me wrong… I have read every piece of info on the web about that phone.  I finally took the plunge and pre-ordered it yesterday.  I recently sold quite a bit of camera equipment that I haven’t used it a while so I had a little money saved up.  Anyway, I am so excited.  I am not very patient so the 3+ week wait is going to seem like forever.  Thankfully, I have lots of cooking & baking to keep me busy!

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Ok, I know you are here for these yummy cookie bars not to hear about my obsessive behavior when it comes to buying things like cell phones.  😉

Many of you are probably saying here we go again with the Oatmeal Raisin stuff.  I told you I have a love affair with all things cinnamon.  Lately, I also seem to share that love affair with all things Oatmeal as well.  You probably remember my Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  Or my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Milkshake.  Well, these are definitely another favorite.

I hope these pictures really show just how moist and chewy they are.  They have the perfect texture.  Not to mention how amazingly delicious they are too!!!

Oatmeal Raisin Bars
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 cups quick cooking (not instant) oats
  • 1½ cups raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. Line an 8x8 glass baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Mix together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and spices in a large mixing bowl.
  4. In the middle of your dry mixture, add in the vanilla, egg, melted butter and mix until smooth.
  5. Stir in the oats and raisins until they are well distributed.
  6. Pour the batter into your glass baking pan and spread into an even layer.
  7. Bake for 22-26 minutes or until bars are set, edges are golden brown and the center no longer looks wet.
  8. Cool pan on a wire rack.
  9. Once cool, slice and serve.