chewy fruit oatmeal bars

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By Brenda Forbes
from Red Rock, TX

I have been making these oatmeal bars since about 2007. All my family, friends, and co-workers that have eaten them love them. I typically use whatever dry fruits I have on hand. I believe the more variety of fruits the better. Sometimes I add approximately 1/3 c. shredded coconut to the mixture; when doing so, I add a little extra applesauce or milk to gain the desired consistency. The bars can be stored in a tin or any container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks--if they last that long. The bars can be easily frozen for future use if desired.

serves 10 - 12
prep time 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For chewy fruit oatmeal bars

  • 3/4 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 8 oz
    vanilla or plain, low fat yogurt
  • 2
    egg whites, slightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp
    applesauce, unsweetened
  • 2 Tbsp
    skim milk
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt
  • 3 c
    old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 1 c
    dried, diced/chopped apples, dates, figs, prunes, cranberries, and/or raisins
  • 1/4 to 1/2 c
    almonds, slices
  • 1/3 c
    coconut, shredded - optional

How To Make chewy fruit oatmeal bars

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2
    In large bowl combine sugars, yogurt, egg whites, applesauce, milk and vanilla. Mix well.
  • 3
    In separate bowl combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; stir together well.
  • 4
    Add dry ingredients to yogurt mixture and stir together well (by hand). Stir in oats, diced fruits, and almonds.
  • 5
    Spread dough in an ungreased, 9" x 13" pan. Bake 28 - 32 minutes until golden brown. Cool bars completely before cutting into bars.
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