Raspberry Oat Bars

Raspberry Oat Bars
Staff Writer
Raspberry Oat Bars

Steve Legato

Raspberry Oat Bars

This simple recipe combines the goodness of hearty oats, the sweetness of raspberry, and the scent of cinnamon to tie it all together. One batch can serve a crowd or be parceled out through the week as an after-school snack or a better-for-you dessert. If you prefer, you can substitute another fruit jam flavor.

Notes

Note: Did you know that oats in all forms are equally nutritious? Steel cut, old-fashioned (rolled), quick-cooking, and instant oats are all whole-grain oats. Their appearance differs — i.e., how they are cut or rolled — and that affects texture and cooking time, but not nutritional value.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1  Cup  rolled oats
  • 1/2  Cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1  Teaspoon  cinnamon
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  salt
  • 3  Tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 1/4  Cup  granulated no-calorie sweetener (6 packets)
  • 1/3  Cup  butter, softened
  • 1  Cup  sugar-free raspberry jam

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly spray an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

In a medium-sized bowl, using an electric mixer on low speed, combine the oats, flour, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar, sweetener, and butter until the mixture starts to come together. Increase the speed to medium and continue mixing until the butter is fully incorporated and the mixture forms a coarse crumb.

Press two-thirds of the crumb mixture into the prepared pan. Spread the jam onto the crust. Sprinkle the rest of oat mixture on top of jam.

Bake until the edges are golden brown, for 25-30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut 5 times across and 3 lengthwise for 15 squares.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Sugar
9g
10%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
16mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
25g
19%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
61µg
9%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
48mg
5%
Choline, total
7mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
34µg
9%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
18mg
6%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
68mg
10%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
188mg
13%
Water
10g
0%

Raspberry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Raspberry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.