Oatmeal Plum Bars
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This past summer Lover Boy accepted a transfer from GA to SC. The company put us up in temporary housing while we searched for a new house to buy. We were in an apartment that was furnished. We didn’t have any of our things with us except some of our clothes, the rest was waiting in transition from our old house to the new one. Being in a new area with a plethora of restaurants we (well OK, me) decided not to cook…on a daily basis. So as a result, we ate out a lot…and I mean a lot! Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Yes, it’s true. Don’t judge.
After a couple of weeks of doing this I decided that I needed to cook something with less than 500 calories in one meal. So I went to the grocery store and started being a real housewife again, one who prepares meals for her family. In an attempt to be healthy, I bought a big bag of plums. I searched online for an oatmeal plum recipe and found this one at Diabetes Self Managment. I thought that it looked really tasty so I gave it a try. It was so good!
I made this recipe this morning, however, I had to cut it in half because I didn’t have enough rolled oats. It tastes best when your plums are super soft and a deep red colored on the inside, right before they go bad (mine were kind of hard this morning). I also have peeled the plums in the past and really liked that as well (I was in a hurry to get everyone ready for church so I didn’t peel them).
Lets make some together, shall we?
Vegetable cooking spray
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup margarine, softened
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups chopped fresh plums
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Heat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with vegetable cooking spray. Combine all of the ingredients except plums and granulated sugar. Pat the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Combine plums and granulated sugar. Remove pan from oven and cover base layer with plum mixture. Bake an additional 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool and cut into 16 bars.
Yield: 16 servings
Serving size: 1 bar
81 calories per serving
(Based on the ingredients that I used )
Hope you guys give this one a try!