|15 min||25 min||40 min||12|
|1/2 cup pitted||Dates (chopped)|
|1 cup||Orange juice|
|1/4 cup||Peanut butter, smooth (or other nut butter)|
|1 tsp||Vanilla extract, pure|
|2 cup||Oats, large flakes, dry|
|1/3 cup||Wheat germ, crude|
|2 tbsp||Flaxseed meal (ground)|
|1/4 cup||Cranberries, dried (unsweetened)|
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a small saucepan, combine dates and orange juice. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until very soft. Add peanut butter, vanilla and cinnamon and stir until smooth.
3. In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, flaxseed and cranberries. Pour over date mixture and stir to combine. Spread into baking sheet and press down evenly.
4. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch. Let cool before cutting into bars. Enjoy!
Although high in natural sugars, dates are also incredibly nutritious. They are high in fiber, antioxidants, potassium and magnesium.
Contain a soluble fiber called beta-glucan that helps to reduce bad LDL cholesterol, balance blood sugar and keep you regular.
Contains healthy fats, B vitamins as well as vitamin E.