Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

These cranberry oatmeal bars are a perfect treat for hungry athletes that will deliver whole grains and 3 grams of fiber per bar. Plus the creaminess of this bar comes from plain Greek yogurt, which delivers protein.

The grains in the bar are a mix of oats and white whole wheat flour - what is great about white whole wheat flour is that it has a lighter wheat flavor, yet you still have all the nutrition benefits (fiber, vitamins, minerals) of whole wheat. Look for white wheat flour in the baking aisle of the grocery store.

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Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
Serves 16

Ingredients - CRUST:
1 cup (240 mL) white wheat flour
1 cup (240 mL) rolled oats
1/2 cup (120 mL) packed brown sugar
1/4 (1.25 mL) teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon (1.25 mL) baking soda
6 tablespoons (90 mL) butter, melted
3 tablespoons (120 mL) orange juice
Cooking spray 

Ingredients - FILLING:
1 1/3 cups (320 mL) dried cranberries (about 6 ounces)
3/4 cup (180 mL) plain Greek or Icelandic yogurt
1/3 cup (80 mL) agave nectar
2 tablespoons (60 mL) white wheat flour
1 teaspoon (5 mL) vanilla extract
1 large egg white, lightly beaten 


Directions:
1.    Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Prepare a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. 

2. To prepare the crust - in a medium bowl combine flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl, stir well. Then add the melted butter and orange juice over the flour mixture, stir until moistened (mixture will be crumbly). Reserve 1/2 cup of the oat mixture. Press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

3. To prepare filling - in a medium bowl combine cranberries, yogurt, agave nectar, flour, vanilla extract, and egg, stir well. Spread the cranberry mixture over prepared crust and top with the reserved oat mixture.

4. Bake at 325°F (160°C) for 40 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Option: Cherry-Oatmeal Bars: Substitute dried cherries for the dried cranberries.

Nutrition Facts (per bar): 210 calories, 5 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 125 milligrams sodium, 35 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 20 grams sugar, 4 grams protein
 

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