Makeover Oatmeal Brownie Bars Recipe

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Makeover Oatmeal Brownie Bars Recipe
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Makeover Oatmeal Brownie Bars Recipe

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Our pros cut over 100 calories and half the fat from each original bar! We think that Lynette Rens of Maynard, Minnesota will be pleased with our changes, and the resulting brownie bars.
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:
24 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar blend
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and sugar blend until well blended. Beat in the eggs, buttermilk, applesauce and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture and mix well. Beat in walnuts.
Spread batter into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
For frosting, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Whisk in cocoa and milk until blended. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; whisk in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Immediately spread over bars. Let stand until frosting is set. Cut into squares. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda sugar blend.
Originally published as Makeover Oatmeal Brownie Bars in Healthy Cooking April/May 2008, p11

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 185 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 127mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar blend
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and sugar blend until well blended. Beat in the eggs, buttermilk, applesauce and vanilla. Combine the flour, oats, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture and mix well. Beat in walnuts.
  2. Spread batter into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Whisk in cocoa and milk until blended. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; whisk in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Immediately spread over bars. Let stand until frosting is set. Cut into squares. Yield: 2 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda sugar blend.
Originally published as Makeover Oatmeal Brownie Bars in Healthy Cooking April/May 2008, p11

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lurky27 User ID: 1251896 104365
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2013

"These definitely have a different consistency than brownies because of the oats. As long as you know that, these are delicious! I used 1/2 cup of egg substitute instead of 2 eggs & a 4 oz cup of Mott's original applesauce. Definitely worth making.

~ Theresa"

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mookey_30135 User ID: 1859328 112102
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2008

"These bars are delicious. They are best eaten on the first day as they get softer as they set."

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jgfan User ID: 48477 160807
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2008

"Type oatmeal brownie bars into the recipe search box at the top of the page and you will find both recipes."

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lmazanec53 User ID: 2914333 158246
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2008

"In your magazine, there is a note under the picture to get the original recipe for the makeover ones. How do I find them?"

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