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cherry oatmeal bars yogurt frosting |

Cherry Oatmeal Bars with Yogurt Frosting

  • Author: by Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: About 16 bars 1x


Hearty oatmeal combined with cherries and almond to make a portable bar for breakfast, snacks or dessert.


  • 1 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt (can use Greek, but I like regular better – it makes for a fluffier frosting)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles, cherries – optional for garnish
  • CAKE
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked), blended in blender to consistency of flour
  • 1 cup oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • One 6-ounce container cherry low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 tablespoon softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup pitted and halved sweet or sour cherries (fresh or frozen, partially thawed if frozen)


  1. Begin frosting about 2 hours before serving cake: Place two paper coffee filter inside a medium-sized colander; place the colander over a bowl. Spread yogurt evenly over filter; cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator. To make frosting, pour off drained whey liquid. Scrape the yogurt from coffee filter and place in a clean bowl; add sugar and extracts. Mix well; refrigerate.
  2. To make cake, preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, sugar, egg whites, butter, extracts; beat for 2 minutes with an electric mixer. Add to flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon just until mixture is moistened. (Do not overmix.) Gently fold in cherries.
  5. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely. Frost with yogurt frosting; garnish if desired.