Sunflower Cherry Oatmeal Bars

Sunflower Cherry Oatmeal Bars

Makes about 16 bars

These yummy bars are great for dessert, perhaps with ice cream, yet also work well in the lunchbox. Oats, sunflower seeds and dried fruit provide great flavor along with their nutritional benefits.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup rolled oats, either quick cooking or old fashioned
  • 1 cup whole spelt or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 5 tablespoons orange juice, divided
  • 1/2 cup fruit-sweetened black cherry preserves
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine oats, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, sunflower seeds and cherries in a large bowl. Add oil and 3 tablespoons orange juice, mixing well until all ingredients are fully combined. Reserve a half cup and press the rest into a lightly oiled 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons orange juice with the cherry preserves and spread evenly over the oat mixture in the pan. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over the top and press down lightly with fingers. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Cool in the pan on a wire rack then cut into bars or squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: 1 bar, 190 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 14g sugar), 2g protein
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