Friday, April 10, 2009

Fool Your Family Friday!

Here's a great one for Easter Sunday, but be sure to let the bars cool completely before serving so that the taste of the spinach has a chance to disappear completely!


Here's what you'll need:
nonstick cooking spray

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup soft tub butter or margarine, chilled
1 cup low-sugar blueberry preserves
1/2 cup spinach puree

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and vanilla.

3. add the margarine and cut it quickly into the dry ingredients with two knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal and is no longer powdery. Do not overmix - bits of margarine will still be visible.

4. set aside about half of the oat mixture; press the rest of it firmly into the pan. Bake until lightly browned at the edges, 13-15 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, mix the preserves with the spinach puree in a small bowl.

6. Spread the blueberry mixture over the partially baked oat layer; then sprinkle with the reserved oat mixture. Bake until the topping is slightly browned, 20-25 minutes. Set the pan on a rack to cool completely before cutting into 12 bars.

Let cool completely before serving.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back with a new Saturday Sketch from Lauren tomorrow.

See ya then!

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