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Recipe: Apple-Raisin 'No Freeze' Oatmeal Bars

An easy, year-round homemade snack.

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Makes 18 chewy, all-natural energy snacks

11/2 cups rolled oats, uncooked

11/3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup light brown sugar

3/4 cup butter (softened)

1 large apple, chopped into pieces (about 1½ cups)

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shredded carrots (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix together oats, flour, and brown sugar. Cut in butter until mix is crumbly. Add apple, raisins, carrots, cinnamon, and salt, mixing well. Pat it into a greased 9×9 pan, bake for 40 minutes, and cool in pan before cutting.