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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars


Serves: 16

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 35 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Comments

You can use raspberries, blueberries or blackberries for an even faster prep time since you won't need to slice them. Great as a snack, breakfast on the go or in a lunchbox. They are also good as a dessert, served warm and crumbled over frozen yogurt.

Ingredients

1 cup flour, whole wheat or all purpose

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter

2 1/2 cups oatmeal, quick cook or rolled oats

2 tablespoons juice, orange or apple

1 tablespoon flaxseed meal, ground flaxseed, ground flaxseed

2 tablespoons flour, whole wheat or all purpose

3 1/2 cups strawberries, fresh, chopped

1 lemon(s), use 1 tablespoon juice

cooking spray

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9 X 13 baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the flour, 3/4 cup of the brown sugar and salt. With your hands mix in the butter, oats, orange juice and flax seed until well blended. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of the mixture for topping. Press the rest of the mixture firmly into the bottom of the baking dish. For the filling mix 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of the flour, strawberries and lemon juice with a spatula until the fruit is well coated. Spread the mixture on top of the crust. Sprinkle the reserved topping over the filling. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Let cool for 2 hours, cut into bars and refrigerate in an airtight container to store.

Nutrition

Per Serving About: 190 calories, 7 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 3 g protein, 31 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 120 mg sodium


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