Happy Skinny Father’s Day

Father’s Day never fails to confuse us. In the US (and most other countries around the world) Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. But in New Zealand, it is celebrated on the first Sunday of September. And now, here in Taiwan, it is celebrated on August 8. Random.

So every year we go through the same thing of trying to remember which Father’s Day it is.  Thankfully social media has been a big help in reminding us. I see my friends in the US have appropriately updated their statuses with Dad-related quips. My Dad isn’t on Facebook so I figure there is no point in trying to win the #1 spot for best daughter by posting something lame. However, it may make my sisters feel a little bit bad as I would be showcasing to my friends (and some of theirs) what a good daughter I am and as a result they would feel some pressure to post something similar – especially if others ‘like’ my status. I won’t play that game.  I’ll fight fair.

Like most Dads mine could afford to lose a little around the mid-section. So for this Father’s Day I am going to help him lose a little weight. He’s going to lose a little weight by not eating these:

I call these bars my ‘Skinny Father’s Day Bars‘.


-1/2 cup canola oil

-1 cup brown sugar

– 1/2 cup white sugar

– 4 egg whites

– 2 Tablespoons skim milk

– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 3 cups old-fashioned oats

– 1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

– 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 9×13 inch baking pan.

2. In a large bowl combine oil, sugars, egg whites, milk, vanilla, and salt. Beat with electric mixer until well combined and sugars have dissolved.

3. In a medium bowl combine oats, flour, baking soda, and chocolate chips. Mix well.

4. Add oat mixture to wet mixture and stir well to combine.

5. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake 15-20 minutes.

Of course if someone really wants to suck up, they could make these for you (hint, hint, Natalie). They aren’t too terribly bad for you if enjoyed in moderation. 😉

Fern would also like to throw a ‘Happy Father’s Day’ gang sign your way:

Happy Father’s Day, Dad! Love, Mel

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