Cream sugar and shortening at medium speed of a mixer until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add syrup, vanilla, and eggs; beat until well-blended. Combine oats and next 4 ingredients; stir well. Add to creamed mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Pour batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Truly Awful!!! Nothing about this came out right. It stuck to the pan (a non-stick pan coated w. cooking spray). It was impossible to cut. The oats weren't fully absorbed into the batter so you could see individual 'flakes' in the bars. It is very expensive if you use good quality maple syrup as I did. And it tastes lousy. Do not make this. You will be sorry!!!!
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