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Oat-Date Bars

Serves 10
Time 40 min
A basic bar recipe that yields ten naturally sweet, filling snacks for a pittance! Made primarily from dates, they're dairy-free and low in fat and sodium, with no added sugar.
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup chopped pitted dates divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
Method

Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease an 8x8-inch baking pan. In a blender, combine 1/3 cup of the dates and 1/2 cup water; blend until very smooth. Add egg and blend just until combined. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt and whisk until combined. Add date-and-water mixture and remaining 1/3 cup chopped dates; stir until moistened.

Scrape into the prepared pan, level the top with a spatula, and bake until firm and lightly browned around the edges, about 17 minutes. Cool in the pan and cut into 10 bars. Bars keep in an airtight container for about a week. They can also be individually wrapped and frozen until ready to eat; allow about 2 hours for them to thaw.

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  • 2/3 cup chopped pitted dates divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt