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Oatmeal Walnut-Date Bars

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

1 cup chopped dates

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup packed brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup walnuts

1/3 cup butter, melted (I used smart balance)

1 egg white

Directions

In a small saucepan, combine the dates, water and sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened, stirring constantly. And seriously, stand there and stir for 5 minutes or it won’t come out gooey – think of it as your arm workout for the night.

look at those dates...don't stop stirringggggg!

Preheat oven to 350° F.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, baking soda and salt. Stir in the melted butter and egg white until blended.

Pat half of the mixture into an 9×13 baking dish coated with cooking spray. Carefully spread with date mixture, drop a few dollops and spread with the back of a spoon. Gently pat remaining oat mixture over date mixture and sprinkle additional oats in the bare spots.

Bake at 350° for25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. These required a close-up:

got a little excited to try these...

I’m trying to eat a snack before breakfast while I’m getting ready and these are perfect with a cup of coffee AND they’re light so I still have room for big bowl of oats or greek yogurt. Enjoy 🙂

Nutritional Analysis: Approximately 170 calories (give or take a few depending what you put in these yummy bars or if you use real butter or smart balance). Awesome to pop in your mouth with some coffee while you’re getting ready for work/school.

Does anyone else snack before breakfast? If so, what’s you’re go to snack when you wake up famished??

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