Fruit-Filled Oatmeal Bars
cup quick-cooking rolled oats
cup packed brown sugar
teaspoon baking soda
recipe Apple-Cranberry Filling, Apricot Filling, Raisin Filling, or Easy Filling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture.
- Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 9x9x2-inch or 11x7x1-1/2-inch baking pan. Spread with desired filling. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until top is golden. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
From the Test Kitchen
Layer bars between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
- In a medium saucepan combine apricots and the water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sugar and flour; stir into apricot mixture. Cook and stir about 1 minute more or until thickened and bubbly.
cups bottled mincemeat or one 20-ounce can cherry or peach pie filling
- Use bottled mincemeat or pie filling.
cups golden raisins
- In a medium saucepan combine the water, sugar, and cornstarch. Add raisins. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
cup chunky applesauce
cup dried cranberries or blueberries
teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash ground cloves
- In a medium bowl combine applesauce, cranberries, cinnamon, and cloves.
Nutrition Facts(Fruit-Filled Oatmeal Bars)
- Per serving:
- 111 kcal cal.,
- 4 g fat
- (2 g sat. fat,
- 1 g monounsatured fat),
- 11 mg chol.,
- 55 mg sodium,
- 18 g carb.,
- 1 g fiber,
- 9 g sugar,
- 1 g pro.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet