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Crunchy Oat-Apricot Bars

Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cathy Muir
Yield 3 dozen (serving size: 1 bar)

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups regular oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup reduced-calorie stick margarine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups apricot preserves

Nutrition Information

  • calories 113
  • caloriesfromfat 20 %
  • fat 2.5 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • monofat 1 g
  • polyfat 0.8 g
  • protein 1.4 g
  • carbohydrate 22.2 g
  • fiber 0.8 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.7 mg
  • sodium 41 mg
  • calcium 11 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Place flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through vanilla) in a food processor, and pulse 4 to 5 times or until oat mixture resembles coarse meal. Press half of oat mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Spread apricot preserves over oat mixture. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over preserves, and gently press. Bake mixture at 350° for 35 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Cool bars completely in pan on a wire rack.