1¼ cups quick cooking oats
3 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
⅓ cup wheat germ (can substitute with oat bran or ground flax seeds)
½ cup almond slivers
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. sea salt
¾ cup dried dates, pitted, chopped (can substitute with dried cherries)
¼ cup honey
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup almond butter
¼ tsp. almond extract
½ tsp. orange zest
These energy bars are a great option for breakfast or a snack, and are a healthier alternative to store-bought bars, chock full of healthy ingredients like olive oil, oatmeal, almond butter and nuts! Check out the original story where they were featured on Good Day LA with Director of Nutrition, Paulette Lambert.
Calories per Serving:150
Calorie Equivalent:1 carbohydrate, 1 fruit
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper with an overlap on each side of pan.
3. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, flour, wheat germ, almonds, cinnamon and salt. Mix in the dates.
4. In another bowl, thoroughly whisk the honey, olive oil, almond butter, almond extract and zest.
5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well.
6. Spread the batter into the prepared pan, pack firmly into pan.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until brown at the edges.
8. Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Using the overlap of parchment, lift bars out of pan, place on rack and cool completely. (Cut into 12 squares.)