Sweetened with dates, these whole-grain bars provide energy and protein, thanks to nut butter. With just 5 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, you can make these delicious, chewy brownies with no added sugar. Whip up a batch as a healthy dessert or for grab-and-go energy bars for a healthy snack.

Carolyn Casner
Source: EatingWell.com, August 2018

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Soak dates in hot water to cover in a medium bowl for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the soaking water.

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  • Meanwhile, line an 8-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving extra hanging over 2 sides. Lightly coat with cooking spray.

  • Process oats in a food processor until finely ground. Add the drained dates, nut butter, cocoa powder and salt; process until very finely chopped. If the mixture seems dry, add a little of the reserved soaking water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Spread the mixture evenly and firmly into the prepared pan. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Remove from the pan by lifting the overhanging parchment. Cut into 16 squares.

Tips

To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

146 calories; protein 4.5g 9% DV; carbohydrates 14.1g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 3.4g 14% DV; sugars 7g; fat 9.5g 15% DV; saturated fat 1.2g 6% DV; vitamin a iu 1.1IU; vitamin cmg; folate 13.1mcg 3% DV; calcium 63.3mg 6% DV; iron 1mg 6% DV; magnesium 60.3mg 22% DV; potassium 219.2mg 6% DV; sodium 73.1mg 3% DV; thiaminmg 3% DV.