Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My First Taste And Create

So this is my first time participating in Taste and Create. It is basically a blog event where you are matched up with another blogger and you each bake/make something from each other's blog. Simple, right? Not so simple. I was matched up with Laura and her blog "The Spiced Life", and let me tell you choosing just one recipe to make wasn't easy. There are so many recipes on her blog that tempted me....Thai food, pasta dishes, bread, cookies....etc.... But I finally saw this one and knew that I had to make them with the boys! Aiden didn't really want to participate and Jakob was really only interested in the M&M's...but these are awesome. I, too, was a little skeptical of a recipe that came from a Sesame Street boys love these...and so did all the gals and their kiddos at the playgroup where the pan of them was devoured!

I managed to get a couple of photos before everyone snatched them up, and I was able to bring a couple home to Jason to try, and he liked them too!

I give you.....Sesame Street M&M Oat Bars....

Sesame Street M&M Oat Bars

Adapted from Sesame Street Yummy Cookies: Baking With Kids

1 cup (126 g) AP flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 T water
1 1/2 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 1/4 cups total of chocolate chips, chunks and/or M&Ms (I used mini M&Ms and mini chocolate chips and topped with regular M&Ms)

Preheat the oven to 375 F with a rack placed in the center. Grease and then line with parchment paper a 9 inch square baking pan. The grease will help the parchment paper stay down.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.Beat the sugar and butter until creamy (it will not get fluffy). Add the egg, water and vanilla and then beat until well blended.Add the oats and the flour mixture and stir in. Add 3/4 cup of the chocolate chunks, chips or M&Ms into the batter and mix in. Do not over-mix.

Spread the batter--it will be stiff--into the prepared baking pan with a spatula. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chunks, chips or M&Ms.

Bake for 30 minutes or until the center is set.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Try these - they are easy to make, fun to make with your kids, taste delicious, and they aren't terribly bad for your kiddos!

And I think I will participate in Taste and Create again....what better way to find new blogs, make new friends, and try new recipes?!? Be sure to stop by Taste and Create and see what everyone else has been making....

Take Care,
Love Big, Bake Often


Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Those look great! Sounds like a fun event! Are they still accepting people? ;)

Di said...

Those look yummy! I bet Brianna and Gillian would love to help me make them. Brianna has another Sesame Street cookbook that she really likes--C is for Cooking. We've only tried a few recipes, but they've been decent.

J said...

Hey, that's a great cookbook! We've made 3-4 things and each one is successful. And we don't even watch Sesame Street . . .

CB said...

Yum! I'm thinking I need to bake this up. Maybe switch out the M&Ms with Reeses pieces. Oooh and what about adding some mini marshmallows too! Great job for your first T&C! I'm hoping to get back into it next month :)

Steph said...

Those look like a fun recipe to make.

Laura said...

Glad you guys enjoyed these! I have been out of town with a family...well not emergency but dad in hospital (out now and doing better) so although your recipe is on my blog I have not gotten it submitted to T&C yet. It does not help I forgot my password and still have not received a new one! But I will get it submitted asap, I promise.

Carol VR said...

Those look so good. I'm sure if their muppet approved they're definitely great...LOL