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Sunflower Cherry Oatmeal Bars

Adapted from Whole Foods Market recipes

These bars are great for dessert and also make a healthy lunchbox treat.  Oats, sunflower seeds and dried fruit provide great flavor and nutrition.

Cook’s Review:  “Easy and fun to make.  My family liked it!”  ~ Elena H.

Makes about 16 bars

Ingredients
1 cup NOW Rolled Oats*
1 cup whole spelt or whole wheat flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup NOW Sunflower Seeds*
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup canola oil
5 tablespoons orange juice, divided
1/2 cup fruit-sweetened black cherry preserves

*NOW items available at your local health food store

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Combine oats, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, sunflower seeds and cherries in a large bowl.
  3. Add oil and 3 tablespoons orange juice, mixing well until all ingredients are full combined.
  4. Reserve a half cup of oat mixture and press the rest into a lightly oiled 8-by-8-inch baking pan.
  5. Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons orange juice with the cherry preserves and spread evenly over the oat mixture in the pan.
  6. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over the top and press down lightly with fingers.
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
  8. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
  9. Cut into bars or squares.
  10. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Calories: 190
Calories from Fat: 80
Total Fat: 9 g
Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 60 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 26 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 14 g
Protein: 2 g

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