Healthy Oatmeal Bars Make Great Snacks
It was a rainy cozy day and I was craving these healthy oatmeal bars and a warm cup of coffee. I checked my pantry to make sure I had all of the ingredients for this apricot preserves recipe. My favorite cooking tip ever is not really about cooking and more about keeping a stocked pantry – to pull from at a moment’s notices as a permanent shopping list! Thankfully I had grabbed a jar of apricot preserves at the grocery recently for future craving just like this so I made my favorite easy oatmeal bars recipe.
Add a Sweet Touch with Apricot Preserves Recipe
Apricot Oatmeal Bars have been a comfort food, family favorite snack for years. The crumbly oatmeal topping with the tart apricot filling is a great combination and so addicting. In fact, I enjoy these for breakfast, dessert and they pair especially well with my afternoon coffee – a bright spot on this dreary day! For more mouth-watering easy, healthy snack recipes like this check out my KITCHEN 101 cookbook.
High Fiber Oats Make Nutritious Snack
This time I happened to choose almond flour as a substitute for flour when I made the healthy oatmeal bars as a gluten free option. And just as I expected, still delicious! Oats are an excellent source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is named so because it dissolves in water, forming a gel-like consistency, helping aid digestion. I love apricot preserves but use whatever fruit spread you have on hand or that you prefer. These easy oatmeal bars recipe is wonderful but I am an oatmeal fan for sure.
Apricot Oatmeal Bars
These healthy oatmeal bars have been a family favorite for years—we like to keep them in the freezer. I have been making these Apricot Oatmeal bars for years.
Makes 36 – 48 bars
1/2 cup butter, melted
11/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
11/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 (12-ounce) jar apricot preserves or spreadable fruit
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 13x9x2-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large mixing bowl, mix together butter, oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and cinnamon, mixing until it forms a crumbly dough. Stir in walnuts
3. Press half the mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Spread preserves over top. Crumble other half of oatmeal mixture over the preserves.
4. Bake 30 – 35 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool, and cut into bars.
Nutritional information per serving Calories 76, Protein (g) 1, Carbohydrate (g) 12, Fat (g) 3, Calories from Fat (%) 31, Saturated Fat (g) 0, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 0, Sodium (mg) 52 Diabetic Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 0.5 fat
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Check out my blog for another fruity apricot preserves recipe.
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