A quick and easy dessert, these Cinnamon Toasted Oat Squares are made with the popular “o” shaped breakfast cereal.
Our little girl is a big fan of Cheerios (you know the pantry staple for any home with little ones). Well I was on the cereal aisle a few weeks ago staring at the boxes and thinking why on earth do these things cost $4? I mean they don’t really even taste that good. I have this theory about food and what you can and cannot buy generic; milk, cheese, eggs, meat = the kind of things you can save on, i.e. store brand. But on the flip side there are items that you CANNOT buy generic = cereal, peanut butter, soda, chocolate, chips and the list continues.
Anyway we left the store that day with a box of Publix Brand Toasted Oats and you know what – she loves them! Anyway my point here is that for weeks this recipe has been staring at me from the side of the box every time I open the pantry. The original recipe for these toasted oat squares calls for raisins and icing, but I wanted to switch it up to better fit our tastes. I used cinnamon chips and omitted the icing on top. These are really quite tasty, you would never know they had cereal in them. If you’re looking for a quick dessert or treat to share give this a try, enjoy and happy baking!
Cinnamon Toasted Oat Squares
Yield 12 large or 16 small bars
- 1/2 c butter, softened
- 1/2 c brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 c sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 c flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 1/2 c Toasted Oats Cereal, crushed
- 1/2 c cinnamon chips
- Preheat your oven to 350º F.
- Spray a 9x13 baking pan and set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add the vanilla and the egg, beat well.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
- Add to then flour mixture to the sugar mixture.
- Next add the crushed cereal and cinnamon chips stir until combined.
- Spread the dough into the baking pan and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
- Cool completely, then slice and serve.
FYI - I actually liked them better warm, but if you like them more crisp on top let them cool all the way.