Recipe: Smart Bars

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Prep 10 minutes
Bake 20 minutes

1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup instant nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
1 ripe banana
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Coat a 9 × 13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.

2. Combine the oats, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, apricots, pecans, raisins, cranberries, dry milk, flour, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is finely chopped. Add the syrup, eggs, banana, and vanilla and pulse until well combined.

3. Transfer the mixture to the pan, wet your fingertips with cool water, and press down to level the surface. Bake until the mixture is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes.

4. Cool in the pan and cut into 32 bars.

Per serving (1 bar): 83 Cal, 3 g Fat, 0 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 14 mg Chol, 11 mg Sod, 12 g Carb, 2 g Fib, 3 g Prot, 27 mg Calc.

Kids Can . . .
Peel the banana, then moisten their hands and use their fingertips to press the bar mixture into the pan as evenly as possible.

Reprinted from the book Weight Watchers Eat! Move! Play! With permission from John Wiley & Sons Inc.

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4 thoughts on “Recipe: Smart Bars”

  1. Wow, they are really good! We used dried peaches in place of the apricots and "someone" had eaten the sunflower seeds so I substituted ground flax meal. Again, thanks so much for the great recipe!
  2. Ellen,
    Thanks so much for the great recipe. I think I even have all the ingredients on hand. Am going to make them right now! They look great and we are trying so hard to beat sugar cravings here...

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