Sunday, December 2, 2007

Seasonal Sweet Treat

Cranberry Date Bars

  • 1 bag fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1 cup, pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 tab water
  • 1 tea vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tea baking soda
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds, optional
  • 1/2 tea salt
  • 1/2 tea cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  1. In a covered saucepan over low heat, simmer cranberries, dates and water for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until cranberries have popped. Removed from heat, stir in vanilla and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, flax, cinnamon and salt. Stir in butter and oil until well blended. Pat half into an ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes.
  3. Spoon cranberry mixture over crust. Sprinkle with the remaining oat mixture. Pat gently. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until browned.

Yield: 3 dozen

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