Apricot Chocolate Bars
|1||cup dried apricots|
|1||cup plus ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw®, divided|
|1 ¾||cup quick cooking oats|
|1/2||teaspoon baking soda|
|1/4||cup vegetable oil|
|1||cup semisweet chocolate chips|
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a small saucepan, combine apricots and water; cover and soak 20 minutes. Bring to boiling over medium heat; reduce heat and simmer, covered for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool. When apricots are completely cool, puree in blender or food processor. Stir ¼ cup Sugar In The Raw® into apricot puree.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, remaining 1 cup Sugar In The Raw®, baking soda and salt. Add ½ cup of the apricot puree and vegetable oil. Stir with a fork until evenly moist and crumbly.
Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture evenly into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.
Spread remaining apricot puree over crust; sprinkle with chocolate chips. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over chocolate. Bake 15 minutes until edges are golden. Cool before cutting into 2x1-½ inch bars.
Per Serving (2 bars): 212 calories, 4 g protein, 40 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 77 mg sodium