Saturday, March 16, 2013

Oatmeal Raisin Spice Squares [Vegan + Oil-free]

Don't be put off by the vegan and oil-free part of this title.  These squares are delicious! We made them as a snack, but you could eat them as a dessert (slather some cream cheese frosting on there if you'd like, or with an orange/powdered sugar glaze), or as a breakfast square (reduce the sugar!).  Also, if you're not in the habit of keeping flax-meal on hand, and you don't care about the vegan part of this, then just add 2 eggs to the wet ingredients.

I know these flavors are so last fall, but if you encounter a cold spell before spring really greets us with open arms, make these.  Everyone will be happy you did and your house will smell divine.

Oatmeal Raisin Spice Squares
18 squares
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 2 T flax-meal
  • 2 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 2 (rounded) cups oats (i used a mixture of old fashioned and quick, i think either type is fine)
  • 1 cup raisins or craisins
-- Beat applesauce, sugars, vanilla, and milk together in a large bowl.
-- In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, flax-meal, powder,salt, and spices.
-- Add dry to wet and mix until combined and all wet.
-- Add the oats and stir to combine.
-- Add the raisins and stir well.
-- Spread evenly into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish and bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top and passes the toothpick test.

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