Cranberry Date Bars

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cranberry date bars

A healthy snack to have around the house or take to school. If you want, you can jazz up the cranberry date bars with a little frosting.

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  • 3 dozen barsServings

Ingredients

  • 6 ounce package sweetened dried cranberries
  • 8 ounce package chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup water, plus more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter

FROSTING - OPTIONAL

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 

2. In a saucepan over low heat, simmer cranberries, dates and water, stirring constantly. Simmer until all water is absorbed; remove from heat. Stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla; set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Stir in butter or margarine until well blended.

4. Put half of the flour mixture into ungreased 9 x 13-inch pan; bake in oven for 8 minutes. Spoon cranberry/date mixture over crust; sprinkle with remaining flour mixture, pat gently.

5.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned; cool. If desired, drizzle with frosting.

Source: Wheat Foods Council