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Dried-Fruit-and-Nut Health Bars

  • yield: Makes 16
Photography: Bryan Gardner

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (5 ounces) pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, finely ground; or 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup (4 1/2 ounces) pecans, toasted, half finely ground and half coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted macadamia nuts, toasted, half finely ground and half coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried papaya, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup (2 ounces) dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) dried blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons oat bran
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place dates in a small saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a simmer. Drain reserving cooking water. Puree dates in a food processor with honey and 1/4 cup reserved cooking water until smooth.

  2. Step 2

    Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides. Mix oats or quinoa flakes, nuts, papaya, cherries, blueberries, bran, flaxseed, wheat germ, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix in date puree. The mixture should be moist enough to hold together. If necessary, add up to 1/2 cup more cooking water. Press mixture into pan.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until center is firm and edges are golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 bars.

Source
Martha Bakes

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Reviews (1)

  • 20 Apr, 2014

    Someone should tell Martha that honey is sugar. While making the energy bars she said at least twice that there's no added sugar. Then dumped in some honey! I knew it was too good to be true. Oh well, the dried fruit has plenty of sugar anyway.