Holiday Fruit Bars

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Combining nutritious ingredients like rolled oats, dried fruit and nuts makes for a tasty and festive looking holiday dessert. For a change from chocolate, bring these great-tasting bars to your next holiday party!

(Makes 16 bars)



Fruit filling:
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup sugar
3 /4 cup water

Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Cook over medium-low heat stirring frequently until thickened, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup all- purpose flour
1/4 finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup canola oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 8×8 inch baking dish. Place ingredients in a medium bowl, stir until moist and crumbly. Press ½ of crumb mixture evenly in the bottom of pan. Spread with fruit filling. Top with remaining crumb mixture and press lightly. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for about 1 hour. Cut into bars. Serve and enjoy