This recipe has won one blue ribbon and one red ribbon. They're chewy and have a wonderful flavor.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9x9 inch square pan.

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  • In a mixer bowl combine the flour, 1/2 cup shortening and the sugar. Beat at low speed until crumbly. Press mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Combine preserves , raisins and chocolate pieces, stirring until blended. Set aside.

  • In a saucepan combine the honey and the butter or margarine. Cook and stir until melted. Stir in the oats, coconuts, almonds and sesame seeds until blended.

  • Spread the raspberry preserve mixture over the hot crust, spoon oat mixture on top, spreading evenly to edges of pan. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cut into bars to serve.

Nutrition Facts

345.6 calories; 3.6 g protein; 49.7 g carbohydrates; 6.6 mg cholesterol; 21.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2009
Very tasty and not too sweet. A cross between a granola bar and a conventional square. It does crumble a bit so be sure to have a plate or napkin on hand! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2003
I bought several of the ingredients in this recipe just to make it because it sounded so good but after I made it I was surprised that this recipe won any awards. The crust of this bar is very bland and the toppings just don't work together. I would not make this again. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2009
Very tasty and not too sweet. A cross between a granola bar and a conventional square. It does crumble a bit so be sure to have a plate or napkin on hand! Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
09/24/2003
I bought several of the ingredients in this recipe just to make it because it sounded so good but after I made it I was surprised that this recipe won any awards. The crust of this bar is very bland and the toppings just don't work together. I would not make this again. Read More
(45)
Rating: 3 stars
01/17/2004
The flavors of this dish are amazing but the bars don't hold well together. I'm planning on using it as a topping for ice cream! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/29/2010
This was the first time I tried a recipe without reading the reviews first - what a mistake. This recipe didn't work at all. I followed all the directions precisely and when I took it out of the oven for the second time it was just a mess. Nothing held together at all. I just mixed it all up and put it back in the oven to crisp it up a bit. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2009
Very tasty and not too sweet. A cross between a granola bar and a conventional square. It does crumble a bit so be sure to have a plate or napkin on hand! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2012
Took out the brown sugar added apple sauce diced apricots coconut half the butter and cocoa. My guests consumed the whole batch in one sitting taking 2 and even 3 Only cooked them for 10 mins so they wouldnt dry out....and pack them down at the start midway and after we took them out. Not too sweet but perfect with apricots. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2011
Made 21/05/2011 for an early morning mtn bike ride. I subbed my home-made muesli for the oats/nuts/raisins. They are actually quite delicious- maybe too much sugar for the pre-ride? They reminded me of the Nutri-grain bars I used to take skiing in college. Yummy! Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2013
Made this for the kids to snack on:D Smells GREAT!? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2018
First: I made changes. I used butter in place of shortening blueberry preserves in place of raspberry and removed the chocolate. My son and I made these together for him to enjoy with his siblings. They are a bit crumbly that being said all 5 insisted I give it a 5 star review because "it tastes amazing" we will be making these again in the future and experimenting with different preserves. Read More