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Cherry Oat Bars

 Cherry Oat Bars
The addition of dried cherries and cherry preserves make these homemade granola bars a hit with all who try them. Each bar provides both a sweet pick-me-up and lasting energy. —Kevin Johnson, Glendora, California
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) cherry preserves
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. In another bowl,
  • combine the butter, honey, eggs and vanilla. Stir into oat mixture
  • until combined. Set aside 1-1/3 cups for topping.
  • Press remaining oat mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • Combine preserves and dried cherries; spread over crust. Sprinkle
  • with coconut and reserved oat mixture; press down lightly.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a

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Cherry Oat Bars (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 268 calories, 13 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 218 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.