By Dianne Bunis
Nix the candy because there’s no trick to concocting a batch of homemade treats that will satisfy goblins, witches and Spidermen, too. They’re easy to make and delicious!
1 2/3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup oat flour (place 1 cup old-fashioned oats into food processor or blender, pulse until powder-like consistency, about 1 minute)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
2 cups assorted dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries and apricot)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, coat a 13-inch-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix oats, flour, salt and cinnamon. In a small bowl, combine butter, sugar, honey and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients. Stir in nuts and dried fruit. The mixture should be moist enough to hold together, if necessary, add up to 1/2 cup water.
3. Press mixture firmly into pan (Tip: Moisten hands with a little water before pressing).
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until center is firm and edges are golden. Cool pan on a wire rack then cut into 32 (8 rows by 4 rows). Wrap individual bars with parchment paper, tie with festive ribbon. Keep wrapped bars in an airtight container until ready to eat or give out.
Recipe developed with Raffaella Tomaselli, of Groton.