Healthy Recipe Thursday! Holiday Fruit Bars


I’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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If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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