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Dried Plum Bars

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If you’re looking for a healthy after-school snack for your kids or a sweet treat to brown bag to the office, try these Dried Plum Bars. They’re made with heart-healthy rolled oats as the “crust” of the cookie and dried plums for the filling. Dried plums, also known as prunes, are considered a superfruit because they have unique phytochemicals not found in other fruits, and are a source of important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. This recipe shouldn’t take much more than a half hour to make, from start to finish.
Ingredients
  Dried plums/Prune 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), coarsely chopped,
  Apricot jam/Preserves 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  Rolled oats 2 Cup (32 tbs), uncooked (old fashioned or quick)
  Packed brown sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  All pupose flour 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Ground cinnamon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Baking soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Egg 1 Large
  Melted butter 1 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Packed brown sugar 2 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Lightly spray 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

MAKING
3. In medium bowl, combine dried plums and apricot jam; set aside.
4. In large bowl, combine oats, sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt and soda; mix well.
5. Lightly beat together egg and butter and add to oats mixture, mixing with hands until crumbly.
6. Press 2 cups of mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Spread dried plum mixture over oats; sprinkle remaining oat mixture over top and press down gently.
7. Bake at 350°F in the preheated oven, for 20 to 22 minutes or until deep golden brown.
8. Cool in pan on wire rack and then cut into 16 bars.

SERVING
9. Pack as a school snack for kids or carry to work for an evening sweet-treat. These bars are also great to satisfy an after dinner-sweet craving! You can also crumble them into a bowl of milk and enjoy as a breakfast is you like.

Recipe adapted from the California Dried Plum Board.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Food Places: 
Bars
Ingredient: 
Prune
Interest: 
Kids, Easy, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
Servings: 
16
Story
When my kids were young, I used to try a new brown bag recipe or two each fall to kick off the school year. It might be a cookie, a new sandwich filling, or once, I even made sandwich rolls from scratch. Since I worked full-time outside the home, the variety wasn’t sustainable throughout the year, but it was my way of acknowledging to myself and the kids that it was time to refocus and get back to routine. If you’re looking for a healthy after-school snack for your kids or a sweet treat to brown bag to the office, try these Dried Plum Bars.

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