Sunday, June 16, 2013

Blueberry Walnut Bars

•2/3 cup ground walnuts
•1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
•2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup sugar, divided
•1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
•3 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, melted
•1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
•1 tablespoon orange juice
•1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1/2 cup reduced-fat whipped topping
•2 tablespoons blueberry preserves
•1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Directions
•In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, oats and butter. Press onto the bottom of an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray.
• Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
• In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Beat in orange juice and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping. Spread over crust.
• In a microwave-safe bowl, heat preserves on high for 15-20 seconds or until warmed; gently stir in blueberries. Spoon over filling. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12 servings.

Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Nutritional Facts 1 bar equals 167 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 125 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch

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