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Crunchy Oat Apricot Bars

Serves:  3 dozen
Serving Size:  Each bar contains 113 calories, 2.5g fat, 1.4g protein, 22g carbs, 1g fiber


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

Use any flavor of fruit preserves in place of apricot, if desired.
Wheat flour can also be substituted for at least 1/2 of the regular flour.

Cooking Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
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 4-5 times or until oat mixture resembles coarse meal. Press half of oat mixture into the bottom of a 13x9 inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.
3. Spread apricot preserves over oat mixture. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over preserves and gently press.
4. Bake mixture at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Cool bars completely in pan on a wire rack.

Recipe from Cooking Light Magazine

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