130g pitted dates (about 16 dates)
80g carrots (baby carrots add a great natural sweetness)
2 large egg whites (60g)
65g wheat bran (in danish that’s called ‘hvedeklid’. Feel free to substitute for any kind of flour)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 tsp baking powder
Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) and grease an 8×8-inck baking pan (actually I just use those one-time baking pan. Then you can just cut that one up and you won’t have to grease it).
In a food processor (or high powered blender) combine carrots, water and about 2/3 of the dates and blend until very smooth. Add egg white and blend just until combined. In a medium bowl combine oats, flour, cinnamon, baking poweder and salt and stir until combine. Add the date-and-water mixture and remaining chopped dates; stir until moistened.
Scrape the dough into prepared pan, level the top with a spatula, and bake until form and lightly browned around the edges, about 17 minutes. Cool in the pan and cut into 12 bars.
The bars will keep in an airtight container for about a week. They can also be indivdually weapped and frozen until ready to eat (allow about 2 hours for them to thaw.
Makes 12 bars, at 76 kcal each.
The combination of the types of “flours” (oats and wheat bran) used and the high content of vegetables makes these bars packed with fibers which serve to fill you right up. The sweetness of the dates makes other type of sugar/ sweetener completely superficial.
*Carrots contain large amount of vitamin A – one large carrot will provide you with your daily need of this essential vitamin! Vitamin A is needed for normal vision, immunity, growth and reproduction. It keeps the mucous linings of he respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts healthy to prevent bacteria and viruses from entering.
*Dates are excellent source of energy and contain high amount of dietary fiber, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B5. They help improve the digestive system as it is loaded with insoluble as well as fibers. Dates also have amino acids in them which is also good for the digestive system.
Leave out the carrots and add 120g zucchini squash instead plus a bit more water (not much though!). These will have a calorie content of 74 kcal per bar.