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Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Sweet-tart raspberries, whole grain oats, and a buttery crust make the perfect breakfast or on-the-go snack.
Plate of square red oatmeal and raspberry bars.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Makes: 12 Bars (2 inches x 2.5 inches)
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

Crust and topping:
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup quick-cooking oats
3 Tablespoons butter or margarine
2 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 Tablespoon orange juice
 
Filling:
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons orange juice
2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Rinse or scrub fresh fruits under running water before preparing.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.
  4. Crust and topping: Mix flour and sugar in a bowl. Cut butter into mixture until crumbly. Mix in oats. Set half aside for topping.
  5. To remaining mixture, stir in applesauce and orange juice. Press in bottom of baking pan
  6. Filling: Combine flour, sugar, juice and raspberries. Mix well.
  7. Spread filling on crust. Sprinkle with topping.
  8. Bake 40 to 45 minutes. Cool. Cut into 12 bars.
  9. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • No raspberries? Use fresh or frozen blackberries.

Comments

I love raspberries and this one hit the spot with flavor that wasn't too sugary.  Next time I may use 3/4 of the crust for the bottom and 1/4 for the topping as it was just a little too crumbly.

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