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Apple Oat and Flax Bars

Apple Oat and Flax Bars

Serves: 9

Category: Desserts

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These delicious bars are packed with nuts, seeds, oats and fruit. They are perfect for a quick breakfast, a picnic lunch or a family road trip.

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4 medjool or 8 regular dates, pitted and chopped
3 tablespoons raw cashew butter
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds, walnuts or cashews
1/4 cup soy, hemp or almond milk
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds


Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a food processor, process dates and cashew butter until a paste forms. Add apple and pulse until mixture is well combined. Place in a bowl and mix in remaining ingredients. Add additional non-dairy milk if needed to help mix ingredients.

Press into a 9X9 inch baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and press once again. Allow to cool before slicing.

Calories 184; Protein 5 g; Carbohydrates 26 g; Total Fat 8.2 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 6 mg; Fiber 3.2 g; Beta-Carotene 13 ug; Vitamin C 1 mg; Calcium 45 mg; Iron 3.2 mg; Folate 12 ug; Magnesium 51 mg; Zinc 0.7 mg; Selenium 3.8 ug

Comments (13):



10/31/2007 05:25 PM

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I thought these were very good. I used a wider variety of nuts and almond butter instead of cashew, as well as plain soy milk. They spoiled faster than I expected for something baked, though (didnt put them in the fridge). Would make them again.


10/13/2008 11:08 AM

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Very good! I put almond butter in it instead of cashew butter. I also added a dash of cinnamon. I will make these again for sure!


01/24/2011 04:47 PM

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They are. Very good but how do I stop them from crumbling


06/10/2012 11:05 AM

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Since having dessert such as this is an occasional thing, I cut these into squares, wrap them in Press 'N Seal
and then in a freezer bag, and then into my freezer. They do very well for several months.


12/26/2012 06:00 PM

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Delicious! Also tried making them with pecans, and they weren't as good. They are a little less crumbly if I make them with a little more liquid, but not much... also helped to really chill them. But, honestly, when they crumbled too much I just ate it as cereal in a bowl and it was a wonderful treat. My 3 year old likes them too!


07/09/2015 06:32 PM

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To stop the crumbling - I have tried soaking chia seeds for a few hours and incorporating a small amount into recipes that don't have gluten (like this one). They must be soaked ahead of time so as to expand and absorb water and become gel-like.


07/09/2015 06:35 PM

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Like the sound of this. Are old fashioned oats the same as steel cut? If not, do you think steel cut would work?


07/09/2015 07:01 PM

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Steel cut oats are not flattened like old-fashioned oats and may make it so the bars do not hold together well. Also, steel cut are meant to be boiled or soaked until soft, otherwise they are too gritty to bite into.


10/26/2015 08:39 PM

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Is there a way to do them without any type of nuts


01/09/2016 07:19 PM

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These are great! I used walnut butter and added sunflower seeds and dried unsweetened coconut.


01/25/2016 07:03 PM

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I made this today. This is excellent! On mine, I left out the dates, and oats. I added millett flour, and more apples, and bannanas pureed.


07/06/2016 06:25 PM

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I left the dates out of mine, and added arrowroot to help hold it together.


01/19/2018 03:04 PM

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I really liked this recipe. Mine was not dry at all like other reviews, but I used a large apple. Maybe the trick to keeping them moist is using the large apple. I wish the recipes would specify the amount, such as one apple, approximately one cup etc. I also added a half teaspoon of cinnamon and a couple of dashes of nutmeg. I enjoyed them warm and also the next. I froze some to eat later. I'll be making these again!