Fruit-Filled Oatmeal Bars
I don't know about you guys, but, even when I'm trying to lose
weight, I HAVE TO have one sweet thing a day. I was trying to find a
recipe for fruit-filled cereal bars for Devon, because he LOVES them
and I got sick of paying for them, because I'm cheap. I found this
recipe and they are REALLY good. With only 116 calories and 3.9g of fat
in each bar, they're not so bad. Not diet food, but, not totally evil.
I actually made 1+ 1/2 of the recipe and cooked it in a 9x13x2 Pyrex
1 hour 30 min prep time.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
- 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter
- 10 ounces preserves (I used seedless raspberry pres. that I cooked for a few minutes, so it was thicker)
In mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and baking soda.
Cut in margarine/butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Reserve generous 1/2 cup of the flour mixture.
Press remaining flour mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9x9x2 baking pan.
Spread with desired filling.
Sprinkle with reserved flour mixture.
Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden.
Cool in pan on wire rack.
Cut into bars.
In medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2
teaspoons cornstarch. Add 1 cup raisins. Cook & stir until
thickened & bubbly.
Peel/core/chop 2 medium apples. In medium saucepan, combine apples, 2
tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon, and a dash of ground cloves. Bring apple
mixture to a boil; reduce heat & simmer 8-10 minutes or until
apples are very tender.
In medium saucepan, combine 1 cup diced dried apricots and 3/4 cup
water. Bring apricot mixture to boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 5
minutes. Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon all purpose
flour. Stir into apricot mixture. Cook and stir 1 minute more or until
mixture is very thick. Stir in 1/2 cup coconut.