Saturday, December 8, 2012

Creamy Lemon Oat Bars

Here is a fab recipe I found on Pinterest for creamy lemon oat bars! Yum!!! Try these as an alternative to all the chocolate chocolate treats passed around during the holidays! Enjoy!
P.S. Consider doubling the recipe and using a 9X13 inch pan.

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3 teaspoons grated lemon zest 
1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 
1 1/4 cups flour 
1 cup old fashioned oats (NOT quick oats) 
1/2 cup packed brown sugar 
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375F.

Coat 8x8 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest and lemon juice in medium bowl until thickened; set aside. Mix remaining ingredients in medium bowl until crumbly (I took off my ring and just used my hands to mix in the butter with the dry ingredients. Sometimes getting messy is just easier).

Press half of the crumbly mixture in pan; bake about 10 minutes or until set.

Spread lemon milk mixture over baked crust. Sprinkle remaining crumbly mixture over the lemon milk mixture, press down gently.

Bake about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is set but soft. Cool completely (I put mine in the fridge for an hour after the pan cooled off). Cut 4 rows by 4 rows. I stored the extras in the fridge.

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