Date Breakfast Bar

Date Breakfast Bar

Recipe excerpted from The Breast Health Cookbook
by Robert Arnot, M.D., Barbara Sutherland, Ph.D. and Rita Mitchell, R.D
Used with permission from

Rita's daughter Laura likes to take a couple batches of these bars back to college with her after she's been home on break. Her friends all look forward to having them as study break snacks. The bars travel well in a sealed plastic bag. Bake the bars on the weekend to have for breakfast or snack during the week. One taste judge commented: "This is absolutely delicious. It's crunchy and yet moist, and the contrasting texture of the dates and walnuts is very satisfying. It's very sweet, which I love. I would even serve this as a dessert!"


1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons packed soy protein powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1-1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 large egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup extra-light olive oil
1/2 cup applesauce
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° F.

1. Stir together flour, protein powder, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add oats, dates, and walnuts and stir to combine.
2. In another bowl, beat egg. Add sugars and beat until well blended. Add olive oil; continue beating until well mixed. Stir in applesauce and vanilla.
3. Make a well in the center of flour mixture. Pour in egg mixture and stir gently until just mixed. Do not beat.
4. Spread mixture in an 8 x 8-inch nonstick pan that has been lightly brushed with olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.


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