Apricot Maple Oatmeal Bars

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These delightful bars are quick to make and easy to transport. Rather than using apricot preserves, I use chopped dried apricots.  Apricots are  are a good source of potassium and beta carotene.  I borrowed this original recipe from on of my cookbooks. I modified the ingredients and measurements.  I replaced honey with maple syrup and the experimentation was a success! I can’t remember how many bars I went through. That’s how delicious they are. Moreover, they are healthier than most oatmeal bar recipes.  I used a non dairy polyunsaturated fat butter spread as suppose to using butter.  Polyunsaturated fats are   fats that have more than one double-bonded (unsaturated) carbon in the molecule. Polyunsaturated fats can have a beneficial effect on your health when consumed in moderation and when used to replace saturated fats or trans fats.  Polyunsaturated fats can help reduce the cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease. They also include essential fats that your body needs  such as omega-6 and omega-3.  Omega-6 and omega-3 play a crucial role in brain function and in the normal growth and development of your body. They are presumably healthier than  saturated fats and trans fats  which  can negatively affect your health.

For this recipe, you will need:

  1. 1 cup of  dried apricots chopped
  2.  2 cups of oats
  3.  2/3 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
  4. 6 oz of polyunsaturated spread
  5. 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  6. 1/4 cup of maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
  7. 2 teaspoons of sesame seeds
  8. 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. In a sauce pan over medium heat,  combine spread and sugar till melted. Stir in apricots and maple syrup. In a bowl, mix flour,oats, and salt. Pour in apricot mixture and add sesame seeds. Spread and press crumb mixture into a greased greased 8 x 8 x 2 inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack.  Cut into  12 rectangles.


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