Low sugar peach preserves make an irresistibly gooey glaze for these crumbly oat bars.
Most often when a craving for something sweet hits I’ll make oatmeal cookies. But on this particular day I wasn’t in the mood to scoop dough onto cookie sheets for hours, so these peach bars seemed like the next best thing.
I don’t often make desserts because Mr. Mike and I have zero self-control. Treats on the kitchen counter seem to call our names, “Mike! Kristi! You know you want a bite! Just one won’t hurt!”
Not so with my wonderful hubby and me. We’ll pick at those peachy bars until they’re gone in no time flat.
I can justify this treat by telling myself that I’ve used Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour, coconut oil (yes, it’s a healthy fat), oats, cage-free eggs, crunchy walnuts, and low sugar peach preserves.
It’s a nice list of wholesome ingredients, right?
I admit there is a modest amount of light brown sugar, after all, the dough needs a bit of sweetness to qualify as a dessert. Still, overall, these bars aren’t sticky sweet with that cloying taste makes you want to drink gallons of water.
Unlike my fellow food bloggers who actually like to bake (something I’ll avoid unless under duress from Mr. Mike), I don’t separate the wet ingredients from the dry ingredients when I’m making cakes, bars and cookies. Everything gets dumped in the bowl, and I hope it survives a brute force attack from my mixing spoon to get my ingredients worked in together.
I really liked the peach preserves I found at the grocery for this bar recipe. The jar contained small chunks of peaches, perfect for a topping over my oat crust.
See that gooey peach topping? I could scrape that off these bars and eat it all by itself!
Unfortunately, I won’t get the chance for any more dessert. One bar turned into 6 these past few days, so I’m putting myself on dessert restriction. At 180 calories each, my waistline can’t take the assault!
But don’t let that stop you, especially if you have kids in the house to please. After all, if you’re gonna have a treat, at least these bars have wholesome ingredients and a whole lot less sugar than any treat you’ll buy at the store.
Low Sugar Peach and Oat Bars with Walnuts
20 minPrep Time
45 minCook Time
1 hr, 5 Total Time
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup coconut softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups low sugar peach preserves
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a nonstick 13 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray.
- Combine ingredients very well in a large bowl EXCEPT peach preserves and walnuts.
- Spread the dough out into the baking dish and pat down evenly.
- Spread peach preserves evenly over the top and sprinkle with walnuts.
- Bake for 30 - 40 minutes until the preserves are bubbly on the edges, and the dough underneath is cooked through.
Food energy: 180kcal
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 5
Saturated fatty acids: 6.19g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 1.04g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 1.33g
Total fat: 8.56g
Calories from fat: 77
Carbohydrate, by difference: 26.28g
Total dietary fiber: 1.91g
Total lipid (fat): 9.27g
Total sugars: 14.34g