Friday recipe: chewy fruit & oatmeal bars

March 11, 2011 —

I always tend to snack more and crave treats on the weekend so I’ve been looking for healthier things to have available. This one sounds really yummy! I’d swap in applesauce for the oil and omit the salt. The flour could be swapped to make it gluten-free and the dairy items could be switched for almond or soy products. Let me know if you make it and how you alter it!

Low-fat Chewy Fruit & Oatmeal Bars – from LiveHealthyIowa.org!

photo from LiveHealthyIowa.org

Ingredients:
3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2  cup granulated sugar
1  8 oz container vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt
2  egg whites, lightly beaten
2  Tbsp. vegetable oil
2  Tbsp. skim milk
2  tsp. vanilla
1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
1  tsp. baking soda
1  tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2  tsp. salt (optional)
3  cups oatmeal (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1  cup diced dried mixed fruit, raisins, or dried cranberries

Instructions:
Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, combine sugars, yogurt, egg whites, oil, milk, and vanilla; mix well. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. Add to yogurt mixture; mix well. Stir in oats and fruit.

Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 13×9-inch baking pan.

Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.


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