Cherry Holiday Bars

No time to bake holiday cookies? Try this recipe. The low-fat crust is easy to make, so the bars can be assembled in only 20 minutes.

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Yields:
25 bars
Prep:
20 mins
Bake:
50 mins 350°F
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Cherry Holiday Bars

Ingredients
1 1/2
1
cup quick-cooking rolled oats
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
cup applesauce
1/4
cup canola oil
1 1/4
cups cherry, raspberry, or strawberry preserves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, pecans, lemon peel, and baking soda. Stir in applesauce and oil; mix well. If necessary, knead by hand to combine. Measure 1 cup of the oat mixture; set aside.
  3. Press the remaining oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Carefully spread the preserves evenly over the hot crust. Sprinkle with the reserved oat mixture; pat gently into preserves. Bake about 30 minutes more or until top is lightly browned. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Using the edges of the foil, lift the uncut bars out of the pan. Cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

(Cherry Holiday Bars)
    Per serving:
  • 147 kcal cal.,
  • 4 g fat
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 21 mg sodium,
  • 27 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 15 g sugar,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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