Oatmeal Date Bars

Oatmeal Date Bars

Oatmeal date bars are a nutritious and delicious treat that are easy to make.

Oatmeal Date Bars

Ingredients:

Filling
1 cup cinnamon applesauce
1 cup chopped dates
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crust
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream

Directions:

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Spray the bottom on a 10 x 7” baking dish with non-fat cooking spray.

To prepare filling:  In a small non-stick saucepan, combine all of the filling ingredients – except for vanilla extract.  Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until thickened, stirring and mashing occasionally with a heatproof spatula.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.

To prepare the crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Place the mixture on a sheet of waxed paper. In the same bowl, beat the sugar, butter, and sour cream with an electric mixer on high speed for one minute.  Stir in the oat mixture with a wooden spoon until combined.

Set aside 1 cup of the dough.  Put it in an airtight container and place it in the freezer while assembling the bars.  Drop the remaining dough by spoonfuls into the baking dish.  Press dough into an even layer with the back of a wooden spoon.

Drop the filling by spoonfuls over the dough and spread in an even layer.  Crumble the chilled dough evenly over the filling.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.  Cool completely.  Cut into 18 squares.  Bars can be stored for up to 1 week in an airtight container for freeze for up to two months.

Nutritional Facts:

Calories – 120.5; Fat 2.6 g, Saturated Fat 1.4 g, Cholesterol 6 mg, Sodium 117.9 mg, Carbohydrates 23.7 g, Total sugars 15.6 g, Dietary Fiber 1.8 g, Protein 1.8 g

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