Super Seed Oat Bars


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Dietary: Clean Eating, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Kosher, Soy-Free, Vegetarian, Whole Grain

Snack bars full of good-for-you ingredients. Cut them big for bars or small for bites, you'll love them either way!

Prep: 15 min
Total Time: 55 min
Yield: 10 bars



Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Thick Cut Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 heaping packed cup pitted dates, fresh if possible
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds, roasted or raw
  • 6 Tbsp Hodgson Mill Flax Chia Blend
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, can also use agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 cup sunflower butter, or creamy peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, optional

Directions

  • Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap. (Leave long ‘handles’ so you can easily lift out the finished bars.).
  • Toast your oats and chopped nuts in a 350°F oven for 13-15 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  • Finely chop or process dates in a food processor until small bits remain (about 1 minute). It should form a dough-like consistency and come into a rough ball.
  • Place toasted oats, almonds and processed dates in a large mixing bowl. Add sunflower seeds and Flax Chia and set aside.
  • Warm maple syrup and nut butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring. Pour over oat mixture and then mix thoroughly using a spoon or your hands.
  • Transfer to prepared pan. Cover with more parchment paper or plastic wrap and press down with something flat, such as a book or cutting board, to get them really packed tight. This will help keep them from being breaking apart.
  • Chill in the fridge or freezer for 15-20 minutes to harden.
  • Remove bars from pan and chop into 10 even bars. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days. They can be kept in the refrigerator to retain freshness longer.
     
  • Notes: If your dates don’t feel sticky and moist, soak them in hot water for 10 minutes, and drain before processing. The dates’ moisture helps hold the bars together.
     
  • Optional Additions: try your favorite dried fruit such as banana chips, figs, pineapple in place of cranberries and/or chocolate chips; etc.