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Rhubarb Oat Bars Recipe

Rhubarb Oat Bars Recipe

These soft bars provide just the right amount of tartness and sweetness. They are simply unbeatable! —Renette Cressey, Fort Mill, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 4 tablespoons water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the rhubarb, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until rhubarb is tender.
  • 2. Combine the cornstarch and remaining water until smooth; gradually stir into rhubarb mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; set aside.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, coconut, salt and remaining brown sugar. Stir in butter until mixture is crumbly.
  • 4. Press half of the mixture into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Spread with rhubarb mixture. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture and press down lightly.
  • 5. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Yield: 16 bars.
Editor's Note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 145 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 126 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.