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Low-Glycemic Oatmeal-Raspberry Bars

No time for a full breakfast? This simple recipe for low-glycemic oatmeal raspberry bars helps you start your day the right way. Low-glycemic oatmeal bars provide a great smaller option if you don’t like eating a big meal in the morning. For a larger meal, you can pair a bar with 8 ounces of lowfat yogurt and a slice of fresh fruit.

Low-Glycemic Oatmeal Raspberry Bars

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25–30 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Nonstick cooking spray

1-1/2 cups rolled oats

2/3 cup slivered almonds

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/3 cup butter

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

2/3 cup no-sugar-added raspberry preserves

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease an 8-x-8-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats, almonds, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.

  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir the brown sugar and honey into the melted butter; bring the mixture to a boil. Remove the pan from heat.

  4. Pour the butter mixture over the oats mixture. Stir until the oats mixture is well coated.

  5. Press half of the oats mixture into the baking dish. With a knife or spatula, spread a thin layer of raspberry preserves over the first layer of oats. Then press the second half of the oats mixture on top of the preserves.

  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until slightly browned around the edges. While the oatmeal bar is warm, press the surface gently with the back of a spoon to flatten the mixture. Then use a knife to score it into 12 bars.

Per serving: Calories 192 (From Fat 9); Glycemic Load 7 (Low); Fat 9g (Saturated 4g); Cholesterol 14mg; Sodium 3mg; Carbohydrate 27g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 3g.

You can store the oatmeal bars in an airtight container for up to one week.

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