Four Layer Oatmeal Bars

Four Layer Oatmeal Bars

Tags: Bars

  • Prep Time: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Ready Time: 150 min
  • Yield: 20 bars

Ingredients

OAT LAYER

  • Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1/2 cup Crisco® Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
  • OR 1/2 stick Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats, uncooked
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

FRUIT LAYER

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced, peeled fresh peaches, (slices cut in half crosswise)
  • 3/4 cup crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 3/4 cup sliced, peeled Granny Smith apples, (slices cut in half crosswise)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

CREAM CHEESE LAYER

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation Directions

OAT LAYER

  • HEAT oven to 350ºF. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray.
  • COMBINE shortening and egg in large bowl; stir with fork until blended. Add oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir until well blended crumbs form. Press 1 3/4 cups of crumb mixture lightly into bottom of prepared dish; reserve remaining crumbs.
  • BAKE 10 minutes. Cool completely.

FRUIT LAYER

  • COMBINE peaches, pineapple with juice, apple, nuts, sugar, cornstarch and nutmeg in medium saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Cool completely.
  • INCREASE oven temperature to 375ºF.

CREAM CHEESE LAYER

  • COMBINE cream cheese, egg, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in bowl of electric mixer; beat at medium speed until well blended. Spread over cooled oat layer. Spoon cooled fruit mixture over cheese layer. Spread gently to cover cream cheese. Sprinkle reserved crumbs over fruit.
  • BAKE 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Cut into 2 x 1 3/4-inch bars.

Nutritional Information Per Serving

Serving Size (1 bar of 20), Calories 230 (Calories from Fat 100), Total Fat 12g (Saturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 125mg, Total Carbohydrate 29g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 19g), Protein 3g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 4%, Iron 6%.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.