Oats bring a pleasant chewiness and an old-fashioned goodness to these vegan, nutrient-dense bars. Pureed dates lend just enough sweetness to this convenient breakfast or snack. Nuts, ground flax, and dried fruits add antioxidants, vitamins, good fats, and flavor.
Dates are enjoying a popular resurgence, thanks in part to their reputation as a healthier alternative sweetener to refined sugar, rich in minerals and fiber. But dates have a place in savory cooking too, especially in the popular Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, as well as in the raw-food movement.
Toast need not be boring: Adding part-skim ricotta cheese and a few tasty toppings transforms it into a simple, satisfying breakfast. Part-skim ricotta has significantly less sodium than cottage cheese, a common breakfast bite. Pecans are loaded with antioxidants.