|½ cup||Dried apricots, diced|
|½ cup||Apples, peeled and grated|
|½ cup||Reduced-sugar apricot preserves|
|1½ teaspoon||Baking soda|
|1 cup||All-purpose flour|
|½ cup||Oat bran|
|2 cups||Rolled oats|
|1 teaspoon||Ground cinnamon|
|1 cup||Brown sugar|
|¾ cup||Reduced-calorie margarine, melted|
In a medium bowl, combine all filling ingredients. Stir well.
Make crust: In a large bowl, combine baking soda, flour, oat bran, oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Stir in melted margarine. Press slightly more than half of crust mixture in bottom of a 9- by 13-inch pan sprayed with vegetable cooking spray.
Spread on filling. Sprinkle on remaining crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Cut into bars.
Makes 24 bars
Nutritional analysis: Per 2-inch square: 151 calories, 2 grams protein, 27 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fat (26 percent), 124 milligrams sodium.
FROM Karen Mangum's cookbook "Life's Simple Pleasures: Fine Vegetarian Cooking for Sharing and Celebration."