I make a quick and easy cookie bar with lightened-up ingredients that makes a fun treat. You can easily change it up using different flavors of fruit preserves.
"Southern Fried Bride's Raspberry Oat Delight Bars"
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup Smart Balance buttery spread
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12 oz.) jar low sugar red raspberry preserves
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13” x 9” baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In large bowl, combine oats, flour and brown sugar. Mix well. Add softened butter, cut into pieces and vanilla extract. Stir together until mixture forms a moist texture. Pour half of oat mixture into baking pan. Lightly press mixture into the bottom of the pan until it forms a layer of crust. Spoon jar of raspberry preserves over layer of oat crust. Gently spread over the mixture to form layer of preserves. Sprinkle remaining half of oat mixture over preserves and lightly pat with spatula. Bake 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Serve and enjoy. Store remaining bars in an airtight container.