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!