Harvest Fruit Bars
One 6-ounce package diced dried mixed fruit bits
1 cup chopped banana (about 2 medium)
2/3 cup Tropicana® or Dole ® orange juice*
1½ teaspoons apple pie spice or ground cinnamon, divided
1¾ cups whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour
1½ cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
½ pound (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup chopped nuts
Heat oven to 375°F.
In a medium bowl, combine dried fruit, banana, orange juice and 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice; set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats and remaining 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice; mix well. In a large bowl, beat margarine and sugar together with an electric mixer until creamy. Add oat mixture; beat until crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup mixture for topping. Press remaining oat mixture onto bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.
Spread fruit evenly over crust to within ¼-inch of edge. Add nuts to reserved oat mixture; mix well. Sprinkle evenly over fruit; pat down lightly.
Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely; cut into bars. Store loosely covered.
*If using old fashioned oats, decrease orange juice to ½ cup.