Apricot-raisin bars

Yield: 24 Bars

Measure Ingredient
½ cup Dried apricots, diced
¼ cup Raisins
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."

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