Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Low Fat Chewy Fruit and Oatmeal Bars

I am the world's laziest cook, I don't like cooking especially in the morning. I'd find myself eating junk. So, I started looking around for a recipe, something I can make ahead of time and when I get hungry I can just glab it and go...but it needed to be at least a little bit healthy.

I came upon this recipe on the Quaker Oats website and gave it a try. I really like it and so does my husband. It almost has a nutty apply kind of texture and flavor to it.

Here's the recipe:

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
8 oz vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt
2 egg whites lightly beaten
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp skim milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
3 cups oats (quick cook or old fashioned, uncooked)
1 cup dried mixed fruit, raisins or dried cranberries

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, combine sugars, yogurt, egg whites, oil, milk and vanilla, mix well. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mix well. Add to yogurt mixture, mix well. Stir in oats and fruit.
2. Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
3. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tighly covered.

When I make these I cut down 1/4 cup on both of the sugars and add more fruit. Soon I will try substituting whole wheat flour for the all-purpose. Its good and filling and fast!


twenty pound tabby said...

I definitely have to try that one - I have all the ingredients.

livingglassgirl said...

Awesome~I hope you enjoy these twenty pound tabby! I'll be making more tomorrow. Its best if you don't over bake them, they get hard and dried out.

Anonymous said...

Thank You So Much ... Sounds easy to bake and healthy too :) Jimmy B.