Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars: Brown Bag Series #1

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars: Brown Bag Series #1

My co-workers are fascinated with the food I bring to the office. I'm not sure why, it's nothing special. I think it's more that I consistently pack my breakfast and lunch that has them intrigued. They are curious what I find to bring day in and day out.


So I decided to start a "Brown Bag" series where I will periodically post what I'm bringing to eat that day. Most of it will be healthy but I do through a treat in there every now and again. Hopefully you will get some ideas of things you can pack in your brown bag.


Let's get started: In my brown bag this week....


Fruit & Nut Breakfast Bars
2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/4 cup golden raisins

Toast the oats and pecans in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 minutes or until golden.

In a small saucepan, over low heat, warm your honey.

In a food processor, pulse oats and nuts.  Add the warmed honey, dates, flax meal, cinnamon and salt until mixture begins to form a dough.

Scrape into bowl and break up any clumps if needed. Stir in the raisins and cherries.

Line a 9 inch square baking pan with foil. transfer mixture to pan and press flat with using wax paper so it doesn't stick. Freeze for 30 minutes.  Cut into 16 bars.








4 comments:

  1. they look like they are perfectly cooked- slightly crisp but still chewy! i love them

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  2. Great idea for a series! These breakfast bars look amazing - my husband loves dates and I love dried cherries and we both need to incorporate more flaxseed into our diets. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  3. As an ex-co-worker and one that has witnessed first hand the food you bring in for lunch - including leftovers, it is special! I still remember your seafood pasta! Thanks for the healthy breakfast bars, can't wait to try them!

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  4. Yummy! These breakfast bars sound so much better than my usual cereal! :)

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