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Healthy Moms are Happy Moms

Hey kids and teens: Want to do something nice—I mean, really nice—for your Mom on Mother’s Day? Here’s an idea.

Treat her to a healthy snack: No-Bake Carrot-Apple Breakfast Bars. She will be amazed at your culinary abilities. (Shhh…Don’t tell her it was just a little measuring, peeling, and a quick whiz of the food processor.)

Your Mom already glows. When you share your love with this recipe (and a cup of her favorite herbal tea), she will be positively radiant!

No-Bake Carrot-Apple Breakfast Bars

Serves 8

  • 1 medium apple
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • 12 dates
  • 1-2 carrots (yielding 1 cup grated)
  • ½ c. old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ c. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 c. raw, unsalted nuts of choice (such as almonds, pecans, and cashews)
  • 3 T. flax meal (ground flax seeds)
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • ¼ t. allspice
  • ¼ t. cloves
  • ¼ t. salt

Peel apple and grate into a small bowl. Stir in lemon juice to prevent browning. Let stand while preparing other ingredients.

Pit the dates. Peel and grate carrot. Measure 1 cup for this recipe, reserving any additional carrot for other uses.

Whole foods taste great and keep Mom healthy from the inside out.

Pulse dates in the food processor until finely chopped. Add apple, carrot, oats, coconut, nuts, flax, cinnamon and salt. Pulse a few more times until fruits and nuts are combined but still pebbly in texture. Mixture should press together between your fingers without falling apart. If it is too loose, pulse a few more times.

The food processor is your friend; it does most of the work for this recipe!
Mixture should be pebbly and stick together. If not, process a little longer.

Line a 9-inch square pan with criss-crossed strips of parchment or waxed paper. Press breakfast bar mixture into the pan. If desired, sprinkle additional coconut, flax, cinnamon, or chopped nuts on top. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or longer) to set.

The flat bottom of a drinking glass works great for pressing these bars into the 9-inch pan.

To serve, turn out onto a cutting board. Peel off paper. With a serrated knife, cut into 8 bars. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Cutting time! Try a serrated knife for neat edges. Leftover bits can be nibbled on the spot–or rolled into tasty carrot-apple bites.
Wrapped up like little presents in parchment or waxed paper and tied with a bow…what Mother wouldn’t enjoy receiving these No-Bake Carrot-Apple Breakfast Bars?

Editor

Abundant Home is designed to highlight God's love for us through family relationships. Our first relationship is with Jesus Christ, who promises, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

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