Sunday, June 14, 2009

What's Cooking Sunday / Chocolate-Apricot Bars

I guess you've figured out by now that I've got a bit of a sweet tooth... OK, maybe more than one! That's why I'm on a perpetual diet. Thankfully, Weight Watchers realizes that most of their clients have at least one sweet tooth, and have come up with some recipes to satisfy without breaking the caloric budget. This recipe for Chocolate-Apricot Bars is one of my favorites:

Chocolate-Apricot Bars
Serves 12

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1.5 C all purpose flour
3 oz (1 C) uncooked quick oats
1/4 C firmly packed light brown sugar
Pinch salt
1/2 C reduced calorie tub margarine, well chilled (I use Smart Balance)
2 T chilled water
3/4 C apricot spreadable fruit
2 oz semisweet chocolate chips

Spray a 9" baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In medium bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar and salt. With pastry blender (or 2 knives), cut in margarine and water until mixture is a crumbly dough. Press dough into prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes until golden.

Evenly top bar mixture with spreadable fruit and bake 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate in microwave oven on High for 90 seconds, stirring halfway through cooking time. Or, you can use a double boiler on the stove top. Evenly drizzle the chocolate over the cooled apricot bar mixture. Cool completely, then cut into 12 equal squares.

Each Serving Provides:

200 calories
3 g Protein
6 g Fat
25 g Carbohydrate
87 mgs Sodium
0 mgs Cholesterol
1 g Dietary Fiber


shiborigirl said...

apricots on my mind here too as my tree is on overload this year- apricot everything-so thanks!

Snap said...

Another page in the Shibori Girl Cookbook! :D

rochambeau said...

Sounds delicious Kate. Chocolate and apricots taste lovely together!

Happy Sunday!


somepinkflowers said...

i came over for a
{{ visual }}


and just Look at the presentation,
oh my...

i bet James Taylor would
loooove these...

in case
he should

i am just saying..............

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Yum, apricots! Can't believe you have an apricot tree. What a treat. (...still haven't asked Chuck about the tinyurl and video copy mystery...)

3rdEyeMuse said...

mmmm ... I can't say I've ever had chocolate and apricots together in a single treat ... do you dry some of the apricots from the tree?

shiborigirl said...

Glennis Dolce is another shibori girl in blogland: She does beautiful work in San Diego.

She's the one with the apricot tree...