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Raspberry Oat Bars

 Raspberry Oat Bars
"These sweet, fruity bars are wonderful with hot coffee or cold milk for breakfast, a snack or afternoon break," says Mary Nourse, a small-fruit grower from Whatley, Massachusetts.
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cold butter, cubed

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in
  • raspberries until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2
  • minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in extract.
  • Cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, wheat flour,
  • salt and vanilla. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse
  • crumbs. Press 2-1/2 cups crumb mixture into a 9-in. square baking
  • pan coated with cooking spray. Spread with cooled berry mixture.
  • Sprinkle with remaining crumbs.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a
  • wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.

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Raspberry Oat Bars (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 1 bar equals 95 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 45 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.