Dried Plum Bars

If youre 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. Theyre 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 shouldnt 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
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 16

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 161Calories from Fat 20

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 2 g3.1%

Saturated Fat %

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 110 mg4.58%

Total Carbohydrates 34 g11.3%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 19 g

Protein 3 g6%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet