Orange Oat Bars feature quick cooking oatmeal with orange juice, oat bran and granulated sugar replacement and fructose sweetening without the use of cane sugar to create this delicious, healthy snack bar.

Orange Oat Bars Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Ready In: 80 min

Servings: 54

Ingredients
1 cup quick cooking Oatmeal
1 cup Orange Juice
2 cup uncooked oat bran
2/3 cup Flour
½ cup Nonfat Dry Milk
2 tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
1 dash Salt
1/3 cup Granulated Sugar Replacement
1/3 cup Granulated Fructose
¼ cup Vegetable Oil
2 medium Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions
Soak oatmeal in orange juice in a large bowl for at least 15 minutes. Combine the next six ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients into the oatmeal mixture. Add oat-bran mixture and stir to mix. Turn into a greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool.

Tips & Notes
While many foods don’t have the nutritional muscle to back up the title of ‘superfood,’ oatmeal is one healthy choice that does. Packed with soluble fiber and healthy carbohydrates, oatmeal has a number of key health benefits. From curbing appetite to reducing cholesterol, eating more oatmeal is a simple way to boost health.
Sustained weight loss can be challenging if your appetite isn’t under control. According to a research study, a compound in oatmeal reduces appetite by increasing the hunger-fighting hormone cholecystokinin. You can help reduce your appetite further by consuming fibrous foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables with your bowl of oatmeal.
Antioxidants help reduce colon cancer risk by fighting cancer-causing compounds known as free radicals. Oats are rich in a class of antioxidants known as avenanthramides, which may help reduce colon cancer risk.
Although oatmeal is typically considered a breakfast food, oatmeal can be consumed as a healthy whole grain side dish. Oatmeal can be eaten by the spoonful or mixed into healthy dishes and desserts. To flavor oatmeal, consider adding healthy foods such as fresh berries, flaxseeds or ground walnuts.

Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 47
Total Carbohydrates: 7g

Source: DiabetesCare.net

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