Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pecan Oatmeal Raisin Bars for National Pecan Month

By: The Food Hunter

Spring is upon us and with the warmer weather comes lots of outdoor activities and picnics. We all have our favorite go-to picnic desserts, but sometimes it's good to switch things up. One thing I like to do is take a favorite recipe and add pecans to it. With just a smidgen of saturated and no trans-fat, pecans are a healthy addition to any sweet treat. Not only are they healthy, pecans are also convenient, versatile and delicious.

In honor of April being National Pecan Month, I teamed up with Pearson Farm in Georgia to create a fun, picnic worthy treat featuring pecans. A mix of earthy pecans, sweet raisins and heart healthy oatmeal makes these Pecan Oatmeal Raisin Bars simply irresistible.

Pecan Oatmeal Raisin Bars

For the cake
1 cup oatmeal
1½ cups boiling water
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon soda
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups flour
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup raisins

For the topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 stickbutter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon heavy cream

Mix together the oatmeal and boiling water. Stir and let cool. Add the butter, sugar and brown sugar to a mixing bowl and beat until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time mixing until incorporated. Add all the spices and flour together in a bowl. Add to egg mixture and beat until incorporated. Add in vanilla.

Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.

For the topping
Mix all topping ingredients together and pour on hot cake. Broil on high until brown about 5 minutes.

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  1. My mom loves anything with pecans so I'll have to make these for her!

  2. Gosh you had me at pecans! Looks delicious!

  3. Oh, these are different. I adore raisins any way I can get them. I may give these a whirl, TY!

  4. I'm missing pecan month?! I need to make these!

  5. These bars look so fabulous! Love pecans :)

  6. Oh yes! a picnic and these bars sound like a plan!

  7. These look so good. Pecans are my favorite (and I'm not just saying that because I'm from Georgia!!)