Almost any dried fruits and nuts will work well in this recipe.

Trick: Going for a Mediterranean flavor? Try adding chopped dates, figs, raisins and a teaspoon of orange zest. For a New England flavor, use dried apples and pears and substitute one tablespoon of molasses in place of one 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup diced dried figs
  • ½ cup diced dried blueberries
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds, toasted
  • ¼ cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • ½ cup maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tablespoons lite olive oil
  • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300ºF. Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of a 13- x 9-inch baking pan and lightly spray with vegetable cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine first seven ingredients. 

In a small saucepan, stir together maple syrup and remaining ingredients and cook over medium-high heat until sugar melts. Pour over dried fruit mixture and stir to evenly coat. Press mixture into prepared pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top just starts to brown. 

Remove from heat and allow to cool on a wire cooling rack. Remove from pan, peel off paper and cut into 20 bars.

Servings

20

Serving Size

1 bar

Calories

171

Total Fat

7 g

Sat Fat

1.1 g

Cholesterol

0 mg

Sodium

4 mg

Potassium

144 mg

Carbohydrate

27 g

Protein

3 g