- 1 C quick cooking oats
- ¾ C whole wheat pastry flour
- ¼ C toasted wheat germ
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ C honey
- 1/3 C unsweetened applesauce
- ¼ C canola oil
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 egg white
- ¾ C dried chopped tart cherries (we love Chukar Cherries)
- ½ C finely chopped walnuts
- cooking spray
- ¼ C “fruit only” apricot preserve
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour, wheat germ, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl whisk together honey, applesauce, oil and eggs. Fold in cherries and walnuts.
Coat an 8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray and spread the dough out evenly. Bake in center of oven for 30-35 minutes. Or, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.
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 4 by1 1/2 inches each.