Oat Date Bars
These tasty little bars are a snap to make. High in fibre and packed with wholesome ingredients, they make a sweet ending to any meal.
- 2 cups cooking dates (about 48)
- 1¼ cups whole grain flour (e.g., whole wheat pastry, oat, light spelt)
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- ½ cup quick oats
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk or low-fat milk
- ¼ cup canola, olive or coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a small heatproof bowl, pour boiling water over dates to cover; let sit 10 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, flax, oats, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk milk, oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir milk mixture into dry ingredients to combine.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer dates to a food processor. Add 3 Tbs date water and purée until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl with a spatula. Set aside.
- Press three-quarters of the dough into prepared pan (wet hands with water to prevent sticking). Spread date paste over dough, and scatter remaining dough on top.
- Bake 20 minutes. Let cool, and then slice into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Per square: 155 calories, 5 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g trans), 79 mg sodium, 4 g fibre, 2 g protein