Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oatmeal Snack Mix

Recipe for my younger sister, but an awesome snack for anyone, and you can lower the sugar amount a bit if you like...

Recipe from my older sister, who is an amazing cook...

I have tried doubling it, but it doesn't bake the same way, so I wouldn't recommend it.

The stirring directions once it's out of the oven are important.  Otherwise, this lovely snack will solidify into a piece of iron (er, rock-hard oats) that will taste marvelous, but be impossible to remove from the pan.  Ask me how I know!

1/2 c. margarine
1/3 c. honey
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. salt (optional)
1/3 box (3 c.) square oats cereal (I think the brand is Quaker Oats)
1 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats (I think quick would work as well)
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. chocolate covered raisins

Preheat oven to 275 F
Combine the first five ingredients and heat until margarine is melted.  Stir until the sugar dissolves.
Mix well with cereal and oats.
Put in greased 15" x 10" x 1" pan (or use parchment paper) and bake, uncovered, at 275 F for 45 minutes.  Stir every 15 minutes.

Cool for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add cranberries and raisins.  Store in an airtight container.

Until next time, remember, this is not paradise.  It's Purgatory Ranch.


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