Blueberry Walnut Bars

With power-packing oats, walnuts and blueberries, kids aren't the only ones that are going to love this sweet treat. Health-minded parents can feel good about these bars, too.

Yield

12 servings

Ingredients

2/3 cup ground walnuts
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup granulated (white) sugar, divided
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
3 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, melted
1 (8 ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup reduced-fat whipped topping
2 tablespoons blueberry preserves
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease an 8-inch square baking dish with Pan Release or baking spray with flour.

In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, oats and butter. Press onto the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire cooling rack.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in orange juice and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust.

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat preserves on HIGH for 15 to 20 seconds or until warmed; gently stir in blueberries. Spoon over filling. Refrigerate until serving.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cool Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: 167 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 125 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch.

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