I made these bars a while back when I was going through a phase- one that I usually go through at the beginning of every year, where I try to watch what I eat and be good. Unfortunately for me, this is a phase that does not last very long! I was looking for some healthy eats then and I came across these bars on Sunita’s blog. Her orange and date bars seemed to be just what I was looking for. I had a huge canister of oats and some prunes that had to be used up and her recipe looked perfect.
I did not make too many changes to the original recipe except that I substituted the dates in the original recipe with prunes and also added a handful of walnuts.
(For about 8 bars)
2 cups + 2 Tbsp uncooked oats (I used old-fashioned oats)
1 orange (mine was the seedless kind), peeled and pureed in the blender
Zest of an orange
8-10 prunes, chopped
5 Tbsp honey
¼ c oil
7 Tbsp yogurt
½ tsp cinnamon powder
½ cup chopped walnuts
A pinch of salt
Powdered sugar for dusting the tops of the bars
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan/dish with foil and grease with oil/butter.
Mix all the ingredients (listed above) together and place in the baking dish. Spread it around as evenly as possible.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool for a bit and then cut into bars. Dust the bars with powdered sugar. I had to do this since the bars were not sweet at all in spite of the honey and the naturally sweet orange juice, and it was too late to incorporate sugar! If I make these again, I would definitely add some sugar and maybe toast the oats and nuts in the oven for a few minutes for a better flavor.
These bars do make for a great breakfast/snack on the go and are healthy and filling.