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Cinnamon-Cranberry Oat Bars

 Cinnamon-Cranberry Oat Bars
I'm a swim coach for kids and started making these bars for them as a snack. I wanted something that was easy for them to eat but would also give them energy. The kids loved them from the very first time I brought them. Now I bring them to every team event. —Sarah Riviere, Prescott, Arizona
16 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 5 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1-1/2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, Rice Krispies, cranberries, flax,
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, oil and
  • honey; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and salt.
  • Stir in oat mixture; toss to coat. Press firmly into a 9-in. square
  • pan coated with cooking spray. Combine sugar and remaining cinnamon;
  • sprinkle over bars. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Yield: 16
  • servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 211 calories, 6 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 72 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 3 g protein.