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Cranberry-Pistachio Oat Bars

Cranberry-Pistachio Oat BarsA quick bread mix adds flavor and ease to these tasty oat bars studded with dried cranberries and pistachios.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup Blue Bonnet® 65% vegetable oil spread
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 (17.4-ounce) package cinnamon swirl quick bread and coffee cake mix - divided use
1/4 cup Tropicana Pure Premium® orange juice or Dole® 100% orange juice
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios*
1/2 to 3/4 cup dried cranberries

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray 13x9x2-inch metal baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, beat spread and brown sugar on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add quick bread mix and the clear packet of cinnamon swirl (reserve foil glaze packet for later use), orange juice, egg and vanilla. Beat just until blended. Add oats, pistachios and cranberries. Mix at low speed just until combined. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 30 to 34 minutes or until edges are golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  4. Squeeze reserved foil packet from mix about 10 times. Cut tip off one corner of packet; squeeze glaze decoratively over cookies in pan. Cut into squares or bars.

Makes 24 bars.

*Walnuts or pecans may be substituted for pistachios.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Quaker Oats Company.