Healthy Recipe Thursday! Holiday Fruit Bars


holiday-fruit-barsI’m getting ready to host our annual end-of-year staff party at my home this weekend.  We always hold it the day we close at Green Mountain for a few weeks.  Everyone is so happy, knowing we’ve got a little down time in store.  Well, except for the holidays, that is.  I always spend so much time cooking and entertaining, it’s not really down time.  Just different time.

Today’s recipe Holiday Fruit Bars is from our archives.  It’s chock-full of great-tasting, healthy stuff.  If you’re gluten-sensitive, substitute brown rice flour for the regular flour.  You may also want to use gluten-free oats.  Most oats are contaminated with gluten.  Also, it’s controversial whether avenin, a protein found in oats, is okay.  Whether they’re okay for you to eat may be best to decide with your doctor or dietitian.

The recipe does contain a couple teaspoons sugar per bar, but it’s the holidays.  Even people who are working to manage type 2 diabetes or PCOS can enjoy a bit of sugar without negative consequences.  It’s all about balance.

So enjoy!  January will be here before we know it, and the abundance of the holidays will be gone.  In Vermont, we’re already strapping on our snowshoes.  We’ll be in full swing (or step) with them by January.  Yay!!

How’s your holiday baking going?

5 responses to “Healthy Recipe Thursday! Holiday Fruit Bars”

  1. Julie Trevor says:

    Sounds great…
    Apricots and dates are wicked difficult to chop (gooey), so in a pinch I buy them already chopped (at King Arthur Flour Shop in Norwich). I think they are also available via their online store.

  2. These sound and look yummy. Thanks for the great recipe!
    .-= Margarita Tartakovsky’s last blog post..Another Way to Look at Your Body Image =-.

  3. Sagan says:

    Mmm baking. I bet it would be easy to omit the sugar, too; dried fruit is always so sweet that it often doesn’t need much more! Especially dates.
    .-= Sagan’s last blog post..Day 17 of the 200 Reps Challenge =-.

  4. Marsha says:

    @ Julie — I love the King Arthur store!
    @Margarita — It’s a good one!
    @Sagan — If you try making this without sugar, let me know how it turns out. In baked goods, sugar also plays a big role in texture but because these bars are so moist, you may be right that you could omit at least a good portion of the sugar. I wonder if the grain portion of the recipe needs a little sweetener to taste good, though.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

Marsha has been a guiding force at Green Mountain at Fox Run since 1986. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a respected thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets, an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. An accomplished writer and speaker, Marsha is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy]), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). She has worked extensively on a national basis to educate the public about nutrition and the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. Active in many organizations helping to further the cause of health and wellness, Marsha currently serves as vice chair of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating and has been active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health in support of Health at Every Size(R) principles.

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