Healthy Recipe: Apricot Oatmeal Squares

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It’s back to school time!  If you like healthy recipes for kids’ snacks or desserts, here’s a delicious and nutritious one that combines the goodness of oatmeal with the tangy taste of apricots.  Rich in beta-carotene (Vitamin A),  apricots are a powerful source of disease-fighting anti-oxidants. Apricots also provide Vitamin C, iron, potassium and fiber among other nutrients. It’s a great healthy eating treat to keep your kids going and going strong! (Source: California Apricot Growers)

Makes about 20 servings

2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 sticks butter or margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1  1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1  (15 1/4 oz.) can apricot halves, drained and diced into small pieces (approx. 1 cup)
1  12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 13”x9” pan and set aside.  Melt butter, add sugars and blend well.  Add eggs and vanilla and blend.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda and mix together.  Add mixture to the butter and sugars.  Add oats and blend until combined.  Add apricot halves and chocolate chips.  Spoon mixture evenly into pan and bake 20-25 minutes until toothpick pulls out clean; do not overbake.

Variations:  Omit chocolate chips; add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and an additional can of apricot halves (drained and diced).  Other possibilities include adding 1/2 cup of walnuts, almonds or coconut.

For more healthy recipes check out the other delicious recipes listed on this blog or visit Green Mountain Healthy Living Recipe Favorites

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