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Dried-Fruit-and-Nut Health Bars

Recipe photo courtesy of Bryan Gardner

These nutrient-dense oat bars are packed with dried fruit, cherries, blueberries, and papaya, as well as nuts, and flaxseed. And there's no refined sugar, they're sweetened with pureed dates and honey -- and just right for a snack or breakfast on the go.





Substitute 1 cup quinoa flakes for the old-fashioned oats if you prefer.

Cook's Notes

Use brown-rice syrup to make these bars vegan.

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  • obedience
    17 SEP, 2018
    This is a great recipe. I make it every weekend; even my husband eats them, and he;s a very picky eater. When I first started making them, I followed the recipe, but I didn't have many of the ingredients, so I substituted. My concoction now has a cup and a half of almonds, dried cranberries, raisins, dried pineapple, dried apricots, one third cup each, no flaxseed, no wheatgerm, no oatbran. I don't usually have those in the house. I also include one third cup of sunflower seeds, and on third cup of pumpkin seeds (these I grind with the oatmeal; my husband doesn't like the texture of them). I also increased the dates to 7oz, since the dry ingredients were increased. We have been giving them to our friends, and everyone loves them!
  • lindaldlartstu
    4 SEP, 2015
    Even though expensive to make, this recipe makes quite a lot of bars that freeze beautifully and keep in the refrigerator for weeks keeping their great texture and flavor!

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