Oat and Dried Fruit Squares

Yield: about 16-20 bars
Recipe: 68/200
“Back to Baking”, pp. 73

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    I was way overdue to make some granola bar of some sort. I had some doubts with this recipe, not because I didn’t trust it but rather because I have never been a fan of dried fruits. However, this recipe yields filling and tasty oat and fruit bars. These are somewhat sweet due to the corn syrup, brown sugar and to the natural sweetness of the dried fruits, which makes for a perfect snack when craving something sweet but not too unhealthy! This recipe was simple too make, but I would personally increase the ingredients for the oat mixture by 150% because I found that the measures as is were not sufficient to cover the whole pan. Enjoy! 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup golden corn syrup
  • 2  3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted prunes
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease and line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper so that it hangs over the sides.
  2. Melt the butter in a small saucepot.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the brown sugar and corn syrup until evenly blended.
  4. In a bowl, combine together the oats and the spices.
  5. Pour the butter mixture over the oats and stir to combine all ingredients.
  6. Press half of the oat mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkled the dried fruits over the base, then top with the remaining oat mixture. Press down gently on the mixture.
  7. Bake the squares for 20-25 minutes, until they are golden brown on the surface. Cool the pan completely before taking out the squares.

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Valerie

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