Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Healthy Kids Recipe: Walnut and Dried Cherry Bars

Are you trying to satisfy a sweet tooth in a healthy way? Try these Walnut and Dried Cherry Bars. The recipe is versatile enough to substitute different types of nuts and fruits. We make them and then use them as a snack when we are out and about. It takes about 30 minutes and makes about 12 bars.

  • 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.

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