Oatmeal Raisin Bars

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If you have tried the Oatmeal Raisin cookies and liked them, you’re going to love this summer-inspired version. I say summer-inspired because you don’t have to turn on the oven for these! Better yet, you essentially have to toss and handful or so ingredients into a food processor and the end result is a delicious oatmeal raisin bar. If you’ve tried a Lara Bar, you might find these somewhat similar, although they have more texture from the coconut flakes and raisins.

When purchasing any nuts, try to look for ‘raw’ versus ‘roasted.’ Roasting nuts is said to make them rancid which may give them a different taste. Most important however is that rancid oils are pro-inflammatory and can be carcinogenic. Not only do these bars only have a handful of basic ingredients, they are naturally sweetened with dates, which is said to be low glycemic so it was shoot up your blood sugar, something else that causes inflammation in the body. Rather than adding oats for a traditional oatmeal raisin bar, coconut flakes are used in their place for texture, giving you that similar texture to oatmeal raisin but without eating a grain…love that!

These are great for a snack between meals, to enjoy as part of you summer adventures, i.e. hiking, or a little treat.

Oatmeal Rasin Bars (sans oats, gluten free)

1 c. walnuts
6 Medjool dates (soaked in 1/4 c. hot water)
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1/2 c. coconut flakes, unsweetened
1/4 c. raisins
1 t. water (or as needed)

Place dates in hot water for about 5 minutes to soften. Meanwhile, add the walnuts to the food process and process into a fine consistency. Remove the dates from the water and add them to the food process along with the vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt. Pulse until a sticky dough forms. Add the coconut flakes and raisin and water if needed and pulse to combine; you should be able to pinch the dough together and it stick. Remove dough from container and place on parchment paper, forming a large rectangle. Place in freezer to chill for about 5-10 minutes then remove and cut into bars. Makes about 6 bars depending on size preference. Serve chilled as able.

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