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.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Cook's Notes

Use brown-rice syrup to make these bars vegan.

Variations

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

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