Monday, January 24, 2011

Chewy Oatmeal Yogurt Bars & A Special Blog Makeover

It's amazing how in the blog world, things can so unexpectedly touch your heart. I just completed a blog design makeover, that Kate of Salvage Dior had given away, for Deanna of It's Just Me. The day after she won, Deanna was diagnosed with Stage 1 Cervical Cancer. She has a husband and two girls, and for her eight year old daughter, this will be especially frightening. She is ready to fight, but could really use positive thoughts and prayers. I was blessed this week by meeting her, and I was thrilled to be able to give her something fresh and new, amidst the pain of her diagnosis. If you have a moment, please go by and check out Deanna's blog and make sure to show a little love while you're there.

Click on her button to visit Deanna's blog.

I tried out a new recipe the other day. It's satisfying for the sweet tooth and good for you and filling too!

Chewy Oatmeal Yogurt Bars
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 (8-ounce) carton yogurt (vanilla or fruit flavored)
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oats
1 cup add-ins (diced dried fruit, raisins, cranberries, chocolate chips)

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine sugars, yogurt, egg, oil, milk, and vanilla; mix well. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add to yogurt mixture; mix well. Stir in oats and add-ins of your choice (I used cranberries and chocolate chips; 1/2 cup of each).
3. Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 9x13 baking pan.
4. Bake 28-30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Or just do what we do and cut into them as soon as they don't burn your fingers when you touch them.
5. Store tightly covered.

Makes about 24 bars.

I have more recipes to share later this week as time permits...we are beginning a remodel of our enclosed patio on Friday...which happens to be the playroom and laundry room, so we will be living for two weeks without either. Pray for me.


  1. Awe Kristin, THANK YOU !!! You have touched my heart in such a way. You have made this past week so much easier to take. It helped me to keep my mind off all the worry by helping you help me : ) Your work is SO amazing. I KNOW that you will be incredibly successful in this new venture. Please count me as a friend : ) Hugs ~ Deanna

  2. Your recipe looks & sounds delicious, Kristin. Are you sure it's healthy:)

    Deanna's blog looks great. Great job. What a touching story.

  3. Your oatmeal bars look wonderful.
    Saying prayers for Deanna.

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  4. Oh boy, that close up shot of your bars is a delicious sight to behold. I have no doubt that your bars would make my mouth sing. I have a new linky on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up.

  5. Sending prayers her way!! I will go by her blog right now.


  6. I'm glad you were able to lift Deanna's spirits during such a difficult time. Certainly sending positive vibes to her!

    This recipe sounds delish!! Thanks for sharing!!



  7. Sounds YUMMY think I might make it...what kind of oats?

  8. OH, these look amazing. Have been wanting to find a healthy bar recipe. May have to whip up a batch this weekend.


    Chez Us

  9. Thanks so much for linking this up to What’s Cooking Wednesday! It sounds so delicious! I wanted to let you know your recipe was featured this week :)

    I’d love for you to stop by and link up some more great recipes!

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  10. I made this last night and it's so delicious! I used cinnamon chips as the "extra"...turned out great. Also, I doubled the ground cinnamon.

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