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Raspberry Bars

Make Raspberry Bars for your Fourth of July celebration!

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Raspberry Sauce

1 pint (12 ounces) fresh red raspberries
¼ cup water
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

1. Heat berries, water and sugar in a heavy-bottomed pan until sugar is dissolved, stirring
2.Carefully pour mixture into blender and puree until smooth (leave vent for steam to escape).
3. Strain and press to remove seeds from the puree.
4. Combine lime juice with puree.
5. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Stir before using in Raspberry Bar recipe or when topping waffles, pancakes, ice cream and other desserts.

Raspberry Bars

Makes 16 bars
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

¾ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup whole-wheat flour
1 ¼ cup quick-cooking oats
¼ cup sugar
1⁄3 cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces, slightly softened
½ cup fresh raspberries
½ cup Raspberry Sauce (recipe follows)
1 Tablespoon sanding or coarse sugar (optional)

1. Make the raspberry sauce and set aside ½ cup.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously spray a 9- x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
3. Combine flour, oats, sugars (except sanding sugar), baking soda, salt and nuts. Add butter and combine.
4. Press 2⁄3 of the oat mixture into the prepared pan to create the crust. Bake approximately 20 minutes or until it begins to brown.
5. In a separate bowl, mix together fresh raspberries and ½ cup sauce.
6. Spread raspberry mixture onto the crust then top with remaining oat mixture and, if desired, top with sanding sugar.
7. Bake until raspberry sauce bubbles and top is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature and cut into bars.

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By Hillary Black and Bridgett Hurley
Recipes by Yum Food & Fun Staff
Photography by Bret Gum
Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel

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