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Harvest Fruit Bars

One 6-ounce package diced dried mixed fruit bits
1 cup chopped banana (about 2 medium)
2/3 cup orange juice*
1-1/2 teaspoons apple pie spice or ground cinnamon, divided
1-3/4 cups whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups QuakerŽ Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1/2 pound (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped Almonds


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. In medium bowl, combine dried fruit, banana, orange juice and 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice; set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, combine flour, oats and remaining 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice; mix well. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugar together with electric mixer until creamy. Add oat mixture; beat until crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.
  4. Spread fruit evenly over crust to within 1/4-inch of edge. Add almonds to reserved oat mixture; mix well. Sprinkle evenly over fruit; pat down lightly.
  5. Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely; cut into bars. Store loosely covered.

32 BARS

NUTRTIRION INFORMATION: 1 bar
Calories 140, Calories From Fat 65, Total Fat 7g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 70mg, Total Carbohydrates 20g, Dietary Fiber 2g, Protein 2g.

*If using old fashioned oats, decrease orange juice to 1/2 cup.