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Apricot Oat Bars Recipe

With an oat-filled crust and golden crumb topping, these apricot-filled bars are sweet and chewy. "Snackers can't resist my fruit treats," tells Dorothy Myrick of Kent, Washington.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) apricot spreadable fruit

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Add oil and apple juice; stir until moistened. Set aside 1/2 cup for topping.
  • 2. Press remaining oat mixture into an 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread the apricot fruit spread to within 1/4 in. of edges. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 16 bars.

Nutritional Facts

One bar equals 151 calories, 4 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 24 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.