Cranberry Apple Oat Bar

Aug 22, 2008 at 10:24 a.m. ET

Make an extra batch of these tasty nutrition bars and keep them in the freezer so you always have a power snack on hand.

Cranberry and Oats

Cranberry Apple Oat Bar

Makes 48 bars

3 cups rolled oats
2 cups flour, all-purpose
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups brown sugar (can use a brown sugar substitute)
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup margarine, softened
2 cups cranberries, dried
1 cup apple juice
2 cups apples, peeled, cubed
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

1. Blend first 4 ingredients; set aside. Beat brown sugar, applesauce and margarine, in large bowl, on high until smooth. Stir-in flour mixture until crumbly. Press half into bottom of greased pan; reserve other half. Bake in preheated 350-degree F oven for 15 minutes.

2. Place cranberries, apple juice, apples and cinnamon in small saucepan; soak 20 minutes. Boil over medium-high heat 5 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally. Spread hot fruit over crust; crumble remaining crust mixture over fruit.

3. Bake at 350 degrees F 20 to 25 minutes until light brown.

Per serving (1 bar): 70 Calories; 13g Carbohydrates; 1g Dietary Fiber; 1.5g Fat (0g Saturated Fat); 1g Protein; 0mg Cholesterol; 115mg Sodium;