Date Oatmeal Bars

This was based on a recipe in Eating Better for Less, although I made a few modifications. I would love to hear how it comes out if you soak the grains first. If anyone tries it, let me know. Otherwise I may try it when I make these next time.

3 cups oatmeal (if you are gluten free, use gluten free oats)
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup whole wheat, spelt, or oat flour (can use gluten free oats to make oat flour if needed)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 cup boiling water
1 cup pitted dates

Preheat oven to 350. Pour boiling water over dates and let sit until soft. Pour off 1/2 cup water into another bowl and discard the rest. Puree dates in food processor or blender.

In a large bowl, mix oatmeal, flours, salt, and cinnamon. Add the 1/4 cup coconut oil (if cold, then cut into pieces) and mix until well combined.

Add remaining coconut oil and honey to the 1/2 cup hot water, stir until softened. When water is cool enough, add the beaten egg. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture and combine to make a soft dough. Press half the mixture into a greased 8″ square pan. Spread the pureed dates over the top. Top with remaining dough, spreading evenly.

Bake 35 minutes. Makes 16 bars.

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