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Orchard Date-Apricot Bars

Betty Crocker's Heart Healthy Cookbook shares a recipe! Enjoy these delicious bars spread with date-apricot filling that’s perfect for a dessert.

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 36

Ingredients

Date-Apricot Filling

1 1/4
cups dates (8 ounces pitted)
1 1/2
cups dried apricots, cut-up (8 ounces)
1/2
cup sugar
1 1/2
cups water

Bars

1
cup packed brown sugar
3/4
cup canola or soybean oil
3/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
cup plus 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2
cups quick-cooking oats

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 1 In medium saucepan, mix all filling ingredients until well blended. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  • 2 Heat oven to 400ºF. Spray rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches, with cooking spray.
  • 3 Mix brown sugar and oil in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients; mixture will be moist and crumbly. Press half of the crumb mixture evenly in bottom of pan. Spread with date-apricot filling. Top with remaining crumb mixture; press lightly.
  • 4 Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack about 1 hour. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

This wonderful, old-fashioned recipe now contains flaxseed. Buying whole flaxseed and grinding it into meal with a coffee grinder is less expensive than buying ground flaxseed. Because flaxseed is high in fat (good fat) and fats do not keep very long, grind only the amount you need and keep it covered in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
150
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
90mg
90%;
Total Carbohydrate
23g
23%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
17g
17%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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