Breakfast Bars with Tart Cherries, Toasted Pecans, and Chocolate Chunks

These bars are elegantly decadent and heartily healthful all in one tart, sweet, nutty bite.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 bars (makes 1 8x8" pan).
Author: The Bojon Gourmet

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ or bran, or oat bran
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped dried sour cherries , (or other dried fruit)
  • 3/4 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted (optionally browned), (3/4 stick)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar , (dark or light)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • zest of 1 orange

Instructions

  • Position a rack in the oven and preheat to 350ยบ. Line an 8x8" pan with parchment paper, letting the sides hang over like a sling. (This will make removing the bars a cinch.)
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dries to combine. Stir in the dried fruit, chocolate and nuts.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the wets to combine. Pour them into the dries and stir to combine thoroughly.
  • Spread evenly in the parchmented pan, and bake for 30-40 minutes. The Bars should feel set and firmish in the center, with browned edges.
  • Let cool for about 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and cut while still warm into 12 bars. Cool and store in an airtight container for up to a week or so, or wrap tightly and freeze for up to a couple months.

Notes

Nutritional values are based on one of twelve bars.

Nutrition

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 4.5% | Vitamin C: 1.6% | Calcium: 4.8% | Iron: 10.3%
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