Saturday, July 21, 2012

Walnut Cherry Bars

I promised this recipe a couple times since I posted about it last week
So I'm finally getting around to posting the recipe!

Walnut and Dried Cherry Bars

Yields 12 bars
From So Easy by Ellie Krieger

1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or regular whole-wheat flour
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large egg, beaten to blend
1 large egg white
3/4 cup chopped dried tart cherries
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup "fruit only" apricot preserves

  Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the honey, applesauce, oil, egg, and egg white until well combined.
Stir in the oat mixture until well combined. Add the dried cherries and walnuts.
Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. When the bars are nearly done, put the preserves in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. As soon as the bars come out of the oven, brush with the preserves. Cool completely and cut into 12 bars, about 4x1.5 inches each.

Calories: 230
Total Fat: 9g
Sat fat: 1g
Mono fat: 3g
Poly fat: 4g
Protein: 4g
Carb: 34g
Fiber: 2g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Sodium: 60 mg

How were they?

Super delicious! They're really dense, but they have a good chewyness and crunch from the walnuts. I personally didn't add the preserves on top at the end because I felt they were sweet enough and they tasted just fine. They're a good little power snack.

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