Rhubarb Oatmeal Bar cookies made with pantry staples, does it get easier?
This is what you make when you open the freezer and a bag of frozen rhubarb falls out on your toe, and when that 10 pound box of oatmeal you bought at Costco seems more like 50 pounds. Using up what I have on hand is important to our financial goals (cash out of pocket vacation!) and this week I seem to have a lot of rhubarb I quick froze last fall still hanging around. We love a good rhubarb crisp and of course Rhubarb Dream Bars but I needed a recipe to use up some of that huge box of oatmeal too. I turned to an old favorite recipe reminiscent of bars our local coffee shop sells for 3 bucks a pop. They use raspberries or raspberry jam but that’s just not happening, so Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars it is.
This recipes uses a fair amount of each excessive pantry bulk item, 4 cups of rhubarb and 2 cups of oatmeal, so I feel quite good about using up what we already have. Its one of the ways I make our dollars stretch as far as possible every day, I never run to the store to grab ________ I just make do without it and use what we have. Also rhubarb and oatmeal go really well together and I sent them in the kid’s lunches and they travel well too. If you plan to send them with kids, they seem to hold up better if they’re cut bigger than what I have pictured, about double that size and they travel better. I don’t know, maybe your kids don’t swing their lunch boxes all the way around their head while belting out a Norse battle cry??
A few notes on these bars:
• if you’ve got frozen rhubarb more than likely you won’t need the 1/4 cup of water it won’t hurt either way so use if you feel like you’re rhubarb is dry
• don’t cover these unless you want them to revert to a mushy me