These actually turned out really well & my entire family loves them! The recipe is super easy, too!
(I don't sprinkle chocolate chips on top - I only did it for the photos. ;o)
4 1/2 cups rolled oats.
1 cup whole wheat flour or spelt. (I use whole wheat flour.)
1 tsp. baking soda.
1 tsp. vanilla.
1 cup butter, softened. (I use 1/2 cup of real butter & 1/2 cup of peanut butter.)
1 cup honey. (Spray your measuring cup with nonstick spray before adding honey & the honey won't stick.)
Add-ins: 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used regular milk chocoate chips), 1 cup chopped walnuts, or try any combination of 2 cups or less of dried fruits, sunflower seeds, coconut, nuts, etc. I also add marmallows, craisins, raisins, etc. Really, you can add whatever you like!
First, while hands are clean, place parchment paper in 9 x 13 pan.
In a large mixing bowl combine butter & honey.
Then add all ingredients except add-ins. Beat hard until combined.
Stir in add-ins. (I mix with my hands, but it's messy!)
Press mixture into pan - be sure to really jam it in there so your bars don't fall apart.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
Let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into bars. (I let these sit for hours, not 10 minutes. They are very sticky! Sometimes I put them in the frig.) When cool, I dump pan upside down on foil & pull off parchment paper. Otherwise, it's a mess. This works great!
Done! My family eats the entire pan in one night!