Diabetic Desserts – Yummy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars

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Diabetic Desserts – Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars

    

October 15, 2016

Looking for a great dessert or maybe a snack on the go? With the use of peanut butter rather than regular butter saturated fat is reduced and there is more protein. These bars make ideal snacks—tuck one into your pocket when you head out the door.

  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 24 Bars

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup natural-style smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 cup honey

1 large egg

2 large egg whites

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)

1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or almonds (2 ounces/60 grams)

1/2 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

1Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Coat a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33-centimeter) baking pan with nonstick spray.

2Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

3Beat the peanut butter, sugar, and honey in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until blended.

4 Blend egg and egg whites with a fork in a small bowl.

5Add to the peanut butter mixture, along with oil and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add reserved flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula.

6Mix in oats, dried cranberries (or raisins), walnuts (or almonds), and chocolate chips.

7Scrape batter into the prepared baking dish. Use a piece of plastic wrap to spread batter into an even layer.

8Bake the bars until lightly browned and firm to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a rack before cutting into 24 bars.

9One serving is one 2 x 2-inch (5 x 5-centimeter) bar.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 175
Fat: 8g
Cholesterol: 9mg
Sodium: 68mg
Carbs: 24g
Protein: 4g
Fiber: 2g

Source: Readers Digest

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