Care of Amy Symington 

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup dried dates, chopped
  • ¼ cup packed dried peaches (or apricots), chopped
  • ¼ cup dried prunes, chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp of sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp of lemon zest
  • 1-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup rice syrup
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.  Mix oats, almonds, dried fruit, sesame seeds, lemon zest and cinnamon in bowl. Combine rice syrup, tahini, lemon juice and molasses in medium saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until everything has melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour liquid mixture over oat mixture and stir until well coated. Transfer to prepared pan.  Using spatula, press mixture evenly into pan.  Bake oat mixture until top is golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool. Using parchment paper as aid, lift out of pan; place on work surface. Using large sharp knife, cut into 10 bars.