Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

1 cup uncooked rolled oats
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
1 Tbsp margarine, melted
1/4 tsp baking soda

2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup applesauce
1 egg
1 egg white
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp margarine, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup low fat buttermilk

1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp skim milk
1 tsp instant coffee powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

To prepare crust: In a medium bowl, combine oats, 1/2 cup flour, brown sugar, 1/4 cup applesauce, 1 tablespoon margarine, and baking soda. Stir with fork until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly into bottom of 8 inch square pan which has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

To prepare filling: In small bowl, combine 2/3 cup flour, baking powder and salt. In large bowl, combine white sugar, 1/4 cup applesauce, whole egg, egg white, 2 Tbsp cocoa, 1 Tbsp margarine and vanilla. Add flour mixture to applesauce mixture alternately with buttermilk; stir until well blended. Spread over baked crust. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.

To prepare icing: In small bowl, combine powdered sugar, 1 tablespon cocoa, skim milk, and instant coffee powder until smooth. Spread evenly over bars. Let stand until set. Cut into 14 bars.



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