Grab scrumptious, low fat, low calorie oatmeal bars loaded with fresh strawberries, a swirl of cream cheese and topped with crispy oats. It is the perfect healthy snack or dessert.
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It’s Recipe Redux time. That is the monthly, healthy recipe competition I participate in. Each month we are given a surprise theme, and this month the theme was bars and bites perfect for a brown bagged lunch. As luck would have it, I had two bar recipes that I had recently made. I love when that happens. Especially since I still feel like I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to catch up on work, now that my little one is back at school.
Working from home and trying to take care of a child during the summer is a hard mix. I know technically I am supposed to create a recipe when I know the secret theme but I cheated a little and used one I had recently developed. That little help and another check off the to-do list is helping to keep me sane and a tad less stressed.
These little sweet treats would be a wonderful surprise in anyone’s lunch box. I almost wish I had a lunch box just so I could find one in mine. These epitomize what I love in a dessert, fresh fruit, cream cheese and a crunchy topping. Oh and there is crust. How I adore crust. I’ve managed to put in some healthy ingredients too, oatmeal, Greek yogurt, wheat flour and those oh so fresh and sweet strawberries.
With the addition of those healthy ingredients, I’m happy to put in a little slice of these in my daughter’s lunch. I also used a little less sugar. Whoo hoo! That is one thing I am really proud of. I’ve been cutting the sugar in everything and now realize we like everything a little less sweet. Last week, I took a bite of a cake at a restaurant and thought “Whoa! Too sweet.” Yipee. One healthy diet change really made. Now I need to conquer my desire for salty.
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Strawberry Cream Cheese Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 120 grams
- 1 ¾ cups regular oats
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 5 tbsp cold unsalted butter cut into pieces
- 2 tbsp cold 0% fat Greek yogurt
- 1 egg white
- 3 cups strawberries hulled and quartered
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 8 oz reduced fat cream cheese softened
- 3 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp almond extract
Preheat oven to 375°.
Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides
In a food processor, pulse flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt 3 times.
Add butter, yogurt and egg white and pulse until butter is pea sized.
Reserve 1 cup of the oat mixture.
Press remaining oat mixture into bottom of pan.
Bake for 5 minutes.
In a medium bowl, mix together strawberries, sugar and cornstarch.
In another medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, cinnamon and almond extract.
Spread strawberries on top of the crust.
Dollop cream cheese mixture over strawberries.
Sprinkle reserved oat mixture on top.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Cool in pan for 10 minutes.
Remove from pan and cool completely before cutting.
I calculated 10 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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