From the Editors of Live Right Live Well
Bars are much easier and quicker to bake than individual cookies. Oatmeal is filled with soluble fiber -- the type that can help lower cholesterol -- and whole-wheat flour provides additional whole-grain goodness. Dates and raisins offer even more fiber along with natural sweetness and antioxidants.
Makes 24 servings (24 bars, 1 bar per serving)
Ingredients2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened1 cup firmly packed brown sugar½ cup granulated sugar2 extra-large eggs2 teaspoons vanilla¾ cup all-purpose flour¾ cup whole-wheat flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 tablespoon ground cinnamon½ teaspoon ground allspice½ teaspoon salt3 cups old-fashioned oats, uncooked⅔ cup raisins1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
Directions1. Heat oven to 350 F.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy.
3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
4. Add flours, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt, and continue beating well.
5. Add oats, raisins and dates, and mix until blended.
6. Spread batter in 10 x 15 x 1-inch baking pan coated with vegetable cooking spray.
7. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown. (Bars may appear slightly sticky in center with toothpick.) Do not overcook, as bars harden slightly as they cool.
8. Cool on wire rack.
9. Cut into bars after cooled.
10. Store in tightly covered container. (Bars freeze very well, too. Wrap individual bars in plastic wrap, and place in zippered freezer bag.)
Nutrition information (per serving)230 calories3 g protein36 g carbohydrates9 g fat (5 g saturated)38 mg cholesterol165 mg sodium24 mg calcium1 mg iron260 IU vitamin A0 mg vitamin C3 g fiber
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