Horizon Recipes

Cranberry Oat Squares
Yield: 16 Squares
Difficulty: Moderate
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 - 30 Minutes

This wholesome, satisfying snack is perfect for the lunchbox or after school. Most varieties of seedless jam will work well in the filling, so feel free to use whatever you have on hand, as long as it’s fairly sweet to balance the tart cranberries.


Ingredients

3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup cherry jam
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup Horizon Organic unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 large Horizon Organic egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 x 9-inch baking pan. To prepare the filling, combine the dried cranberries, jam and lemon juice in a food processor and process until smooth. Set aside. (Filling may be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. Bring to room temperature before using.) To make the oat bars, cream the butter, brown sugar and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the vanilla, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and blend well, scraping the bowl as needed. Add the flour, followed by the oats, blending thoroughly after each addition. Divide the batter into two slightly unequal portions and spread the larger portion in an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan. Drop the fruit filling over the batter in spoonfuls, then use a small spatula to spread it into an even layer. Finish by applying the remaining oat batter on top of the fruit filling in the same manner. Bake the bars in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until slightly puffed and nicely browned on top. Cool thoroughly before slicing. Store cranberry oat squares in an airtight container at room temperature.

Nutrition Information
Calories 174; Protein 2g; Carbohydrates 27g; Total Fat 7g; Saturated Fat 4g; Cholesterol 28mg; Sodium 56mg
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