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Super Granola Date Bars – Recipe

Oatmeal and Date barsThis recipe came up at a spur of a moment, after I made an error in purchasing chopped dates, rather than chopped figs, intending to make Cream Cheese Fig Bars.

Since I never baked with dates before, it was a wonderful experience, and the Granola Date Bars turned out great.

I will definitely make these again, since they make a perfect mid morning, or mid afternoon snack, not to mention the abundance of fiber in these.

Next time I will try to mix in some Super Cranberry, Cherry, and Almond Muesli, made by Dorset Cereals, which I love for breakfast.

I guess the good old saying  “If God gives you lemons, you have to learn to love lemonade”, supports well the creation of this recipe.

Super Granola Date Bars – Recipe

Super Granola Date Bars – Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 oz chopped dates (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup (Organic Vanilla Almond FlaxPlus Granola (or increase the oats by 1/2 cup)
  • 1 -1/2 cups all-purpose flour ( I used unbleached flour)
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (may use margarine)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Instructions

  1. Combine dates and water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to boil, and cook 3-4 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
  3. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, granola,baking soda, salt and brown sugar.
  7. Mix well, to incorporate all ingredients.
  8. Stir in melted butter, and mix to moisten dry ingredients.
  9. Measure 2-1/2 cups of oats mixture, and press gently into a 9 x 9 inch baking pan, to make the bottom crust.
  10. Top with date filling, leaving 1/4 inch margin all around the edge, free of filling (to prevent filling from crusting up,  and burning during baking).
  11. Combine chopped nuts with the remaining oats mixture, fill the margin around the date filling, and spread the rest on the top of the filling.
  12. Press gently into the filling.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees F, for 2o minutes.
  14. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  15. Cut into serving size, 1 x 3 inch bars, or 1 x 1 inch bite size chunks.

Notes

This recipe is NOT for The Fat Smash Diet phase I, but is OK in phase III.

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