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Crumb-Topped Georgia Pecan and Cherry Cereal Bars



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch-square baking pan.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, oats, puffed rice, pecans, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter, oil, sugar, and vanilla extract until blended and creamy.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix until moistened and a crumbly dough forms. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the dough for the topping. Press remaining dough evenly into bottom of pan.
  5. Spread cherry fruit spread evenly over dough in pan. Sprinkle the reserved dough mixture over top leaving some random spaces where the fruit is uncovered. Gently press down to adhere topping to fruit layer.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until deep golden color.
  7. When cooled to warm, slice into twelve 3- x 2-inch bars.

Yield: (12) 3- x 2-inch bars

Nutrition information per bar: protein 3g; carbohydrates: 22g; saturated fat: 3g; monounsaturated fat: 6g; polyunsaturated fat: 2g; cholesterol 10mg; sodium: 132 mg; fiber: 2g; calories: 216


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