- 6 ounces dried cranberries
- 8 ounces chopped dates
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1 cup powdered sugar (optional)
- 1 - 2 tbsp orange juice (optional)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla (optional)
In a saucepan over low heat, simmer cranberries, dates and water, stirring constantly. Simmer until all water is absorbed; remove from heat. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla; set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in butter or margarine until well blended.
Spread half of the flour mixture into ungreased 9 x 13-inch pan; bake in oven for 8 minutes.
Remove from oven and spoon cranberry/date mixture over crust; sprinkle with remaining flour mixture, pat gently.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned; cool.
Optional: Combine powdered sugar, vanilla and orange juice to make a frosting. Drizzle over cereal bars.
Servings: Provides 3 dozen bars
Calories/Serving: 155 calories/bar
Nutrition: Nutrition analysis: One bar provides approximately: 155 calories, 2 g protein, 26 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 6 g fat (2 g saturated), 7 mg cholesterol, 10 mcg folate, 1 mg iron and 108 mg sodium.
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