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Fruit And Oatmeal Snack Bars

Contributed by: NAPSA

Count On Oatmeal When Counting Calories

(NAPSA) - Health experts agree that the best way to slim down is to avoid trendy weight-loss programs and stick to the tried and true: make more healthful food choices, eat fewer calories and exercise regularly. Studies show, for example, that adding more whole grains to your diet can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Fruit & Oatmeal Snack Bars are packed with the whole-grain goodness of oats and lower in fat and calories. Enjoy these chewy, fruit-filled bars at breakfast or as a satisfying snack.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 container (8 oz.) plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 3 cups Quaker oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 cup diced dried mixed fruit or dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds (optional)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 F.

In large bowl, combine sugars, yogurt, egg whites, oil, milk and vanilla; mix well. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add dry ingredients to yogurt mixture; mix well. Stir in oats, dried fruit and almonds.

Spread dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered.

Serving Size: Makes 32 Bars

Nutritional Information: Per Serving (1 bar): Calories 120, Total Fat 2g, Sat. Fat 0g, Chol. 0mg, Sodium 55mg, Total Carb. 24g, Fiber 1g, Protein 3g.


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