A few years ago, I used to take my kids to the Kentwood Recreation Center. They have something called “Bouncin’ Babies and Tumblin’ Toddlers” on Friday mornings in the winter, and it was a lifesaver. Both of my kids, but A.P. especially feel the need for speed all the time. He’s high energy. That may be a slight understatement.
I met another mom with two kids. One of them was a lot like A.P. and they hit it off right away. And, as luck would have it, so did we. In addition to being super nice, Kelli had snacks. Good snacks. Sadly, when spring came we didn’t see our Kentwood Rec friends anymore. One day as I was browsing random blogs, I saw a picture of a kid I kind of recognized. It took me a minute, because I didn’t know if I had seen this kid in a movie, or had read this blog before and forgotten. Then I realized the blog was Kelli’s, and the kid was Andrew. I didn’t even know she blogged. I sent her one of those, “Um hi. I don’t know if you remember me.. but… do you remember me”? emails. She did, we re-connected, and both of us blogged happily ever after.
I know what you’re thinking. That’s no way to end a story. What about the snack? A fine question, you discerning reader you. I did get an approximation of the recipe from Kelli that day, and it might be slightly different but here it is:
Cherry Apple Oatmeal Bars
•1/2 stick unsalted butter
•1/4 cup sucant
•4 Tbs. honey
•2-1/2 cups rolled oats
•2 Tbs. ground flax seeds
1/2 cup dried cherries (I added this ’cause I love cherries!)
•1 tsp. cinnamon
•1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Butter an 8-inch square pan. Melt butter over low heat. Dissolve sucant and honey into the butter.
3. Mix oats, cinnamon, cherries and applesauce. Add sucant-butter mixture. Mix well and press firmly into pan.
4. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, until just browning on the edges.