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Anything is good, in moderation. I cook because I love to and because I can share with those around me. I crochet for the same reason.

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Jun 14, 2011

Chewy Fruit and Oatmeal Bars

Recently, while enjoying a granola bar, a coworker of my hubby wondered what I would make for breakfast as an alternative for granola bars.  This is my solution.  While this recipe calls for orange extract and dried cranberries, you can mix these up to make an assortment of health breakfast bars - Cranberry Orange, Cherry Almond, Blueberry Vanilla, Papaya and Coconut... at 207 calories per bar, when cut into 20, and 259 calories if cut into 16, they are a healthy addition to your morning.

  3/4 Cup Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed                         2 Tsp Orange Extract
  1/2 Cup Sugar                                                           1 1/2 Cups Flour
  8 Ounce Greek Yogurt                                              1 Tsp baking soda
  1 Large Egg, lightly beaten                                         1 Tsp ground cinnamon
  1 Large Egg White                                                    1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  2 Tbl vegetable oil                                                     3 Cups Oatmeal
  2 Tbl 1% Milk                                                           1 Cup Dried Cranberries

Heat oven to 350F. Line a 13 x 9 pan with parchment and lightly spray the bottom of the pan only with non stick cooking spray.  Set pan aside.  In large bowl, combine sugars, yogurt, eggs, oil, milk, and extract; mix well. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg; mix well. Add to yogurt mixture; mix well. Stir in oats and fruit.  Spread dough onto bottom of baking pan.  Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly  covered.

Per Serving: 207 Cal (16% from Fat, 11% from Protein, 73% from Carb); 6 g Protein; 4 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 1 g Mono Fat; 38 g; Carb; 3 g Fiber; 14 g Sugar; 47 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 83 mg Sodium

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