Almost Nutra Grain Bars

piątek, 31 stycznia 2014

Almost Nutra Grain Bars

Time: 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (use only quick-cooking)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (use 3/4 cup for a sweeter crust and topping)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, plus
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (can use vegetable oil)
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups strawberry preserves (can use a little more, or use your favorite preserves) or 2 cups raspberry preserves (can use a little more, or use your favorite preserves)

Directions

  • 1 Set oven to 375 degrees (oven rack to second-bottom position).
  • 2 Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  • 3 In a large bowl combine cake mix, oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar; mix with a spatula or a large wooden spoon.
  • 4 In a small cup whisk egg with lemon juice and vanilla until combined; add to the crumb mixture along with 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons melted butter.
  • 5 Using a large wooden spoon toss to combine then use your fingers to finish the mixing.
  • 6 Mix until the mixture clumps together.
  • 7 Sprinkle a litle more than half of the crumb mixture into the pan then spread out evenly pressing firmly to cover bottom.
  • 8 Spoon the jam carefully over the crust in the pan and spread evenly.
  • 9 Cover with remaining crumb mixture over top of the jam then gently pat the mixture down slightly.
  • 10 Bake for 20 minutes (the top should be very light brown).
  • 11 Cool completely, or semi-freeze before cutting into bars (this will make cutting the bars easier).

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