Thursday, May 24, 2012

Healthified Berry Oatmeal Bars

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Healthified Berry Oatmeal Bars Utah Deal Diva healthy snacks treats dessert

I saw this recipe in an Eat Better America email and had to stop myself from running downstairs and whipping it up right then. {It was about 11:30pm. Not a good time to bake, in my opinion.} A few days later I was reading it over thinking, this would be so much better if I... {insert one of the changes I made here.} I can never seem to just follow a recipe. In this case though it worked out really, really well because these turned out incredible!! 

You know those Jam Thumbprint cookies that are so good but you never make because they take f.o.r.e.v.e.r?! These are better. Much better. That and they take less than 10 minutes of prep to get into the oven. Easy! I also love that they're healthified! I used that as justification to eat them for breakfast. They're also a great afternoon snack. Yum!

Healthified Berry Oatmeal Bars Utah Deal Diva healthy snacks treats dessert

Berry Oatmeal Bars

1/2 cup  all-purpose flour
1/2 cup  whole wheat flour 
1/2 cup Old Fashioned oatmeal
1/2 cup sugar 
1/2 cup butter or shortening, softened 
1 egg 
3/4 cup strawberry, raspberry or any type jam {not freezer jam!}
1/2 cup chopped walnuts 

Heat oven to 350°F. Line 8-inch square pan with foil. In large bowl, mix flours, sugar, butter and egg with electric mixer on low speed until crumbly.

Reserve 1/2 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture firmly in bottom of pan. Spread fruit spread to within 1/2 inch of edges. {We like jam so I used 1 cup.} Sprinkle reserved 1/2 cup crumb mixture over top; sprinkle with walnuts.
This is why you line the pan with foil. I also sprayed it with a little cooking spray. No stick-age!
Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
Healthified Berry Oatmeal Bars Utah Deal Diva healthy snacks treats dessert


Bonnie said...

These look so good! Thanks for posting, it'd be a good treat to bring to my work out partner, who got mad at me last time I brought her chocolate!

Bonnie said...

Just to check- egg white only, you didn't use the egg yolk?

Catherine Bennet said...

Oh those look REALLY good. Thanks for sharing!

One Happy Mom said...

These sound so yummy!!! But are the walnuts a necessity or optional ?? We have nut allergies here

Shelly said...

I have made a similar recipe to this one. These look really good I wil have to give them a try soon.

Utah Deal Diva said...

Bonnie- the original recipe called for just the egg white, but I was trying to be fast, so I just put the whole egg in. If you're trying to be more health conscious, by all means leave the yolk out. :)

One Happy Mom- I don't think the walnuts are a necessity, but they do add a nice element to the topping! Maybe instead of walnuts you can sprinkle a little brown sugar and additional oatmeal on top? give it a more crumbly texture without the chopped nuts?

pollyhyper said...

One Happy Mom - try sunflower or pumpkin seeds in place of the nuts!

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