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The Everything Bar

The Everything Bar

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nuts, coarsely chopped (or pumpkin seeds if you need this to be nut-free)
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ (omit if you need to make this gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed
  • 1 cup dates, pitted (or prunes)
  • 1 cup peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1/2 cup honey (or corn syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups oats (source gluten-free oats if you need to make it gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons wheat bran (omit if you need to make this gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Place nuts, wheat germ, and flax seeds on a baking sheet and bake for 4 minutes. If nuts are not toasted yet, return to oven and keep checking at 1-minute intervals. Nuts can start to burn very quickly!
  3. Meanwhile, place dates in saucepan and cover with water. Heat over medium until dates are soft and most of water has evaporated. Mash with fork.
  4. Turn heat to low. Add in peanut butter, butter, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  5. Add in remaining ingredients and toasted nuts/seeds/wheat germ.
  6. Stir until combined then press into a 9x9-inch pan.
  7. Refrigerate until firm enough to cut.
  8. Keep refrigerated.

Note

  • Recipe provided by Jessica Penner, R.D., of Smart Nutrition

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 309 kcal cal., 18 g fat (5 g sat. fat), 47 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 8 g pro.. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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