Our granddaughter K has had the flu this week, never fun for anyone. She is feeling better this afternoon.
Here is a good recipe from a great site.
- 2 cups oats (I used regular oats)
- 2 1/2 cups powdered milk (I used nonfat from LDS storage)
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 3-oz. package lemon jello (the recipe says you can use orange instead)
- 3 tbsp water
- Mix oats, powdered milk, sugar in a mixing bowl.
- Mix water, jello, honey in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil.
- Add jello mixture to oats mixture and blend well.
- After being thoroughly mixed, press into a lined (with parchment paper) 9″x13″ pan.
- Cut dough into bars and ensure they’re completely cut through.
- Bake bars at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 1.5 to 2 hours. Remove from pan and allow to cool. Alternatively, you can dehydrate them at 145 degrees for 4-6 hours.
- After dry and cooled, separate bars and package in a foodsaver bag or mylar bag.
- If dough is dry add water 1 tsp at a time until the dough is still crumbly but able to stick together when pressed. I ended up using about two tablespoons and that worked well for me.
- Do NOT purchase Jello instant pudding mix. That’s what I bought the first time I tried this and it didn’t work out well. My wife laughed at for a minute or two. When finished laughing, she told me I needed the actual lemon Jello packet that says “Gelatin” on it. In my defense, the box said Jello right on the front.
- Remember, the drier the better because moisture will cause them to go bad and possibly even to develop Botulism depending on how you package them for the long term. My advice: take your time drying!!
- Oats = 560 calories (at 140 calories per 1/2 cup)
- Milk = 1333 calories (at 100 calories per 3 Tbsp; there are 40 Tbsp in 2.5 cups)
- Sugar = 720 calories (at 15 calories per 1 tsp; there are 48 teaspoons in 1 cup)
- Honey = 180 calories (at 60 calories per 1 Tbsp)
- Jello packet = 320 calories (at 80 calories per serving, 4 servings per package)