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Nutrition News: Healthier Holiday Baking

Charlyn Fargo on

1 teaspoon cinnamon

8 large medjool dates, chopped

1/3 cup honey

1 tablespoon oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 325 F, and line 11-by-7-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Stir together oats, walnuts, coconut, cranberries, brown sugar, cinnamon and dates in a large bowl. Add honey, oil and vanilla extract, and stir until combined. Transfer mixture to a food processor, and pulse until all ingredients are chopped and stick together when pressed between your fingers. Transfer to prepared baking dish, and press down very firmly. Bake for 25 minutes and then let cool completely. Remove from pan and cut into 8 equal bars. Makes 8 servings.

Per serving: 300 calories; 6 grams protein; 44 grams carbohydrates; 13 grams fat; 5 grams fiber; 24 grams sugar; 0 milligrams sodium.


Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian at Hy-Vee in Springfield, Illinois, and the media representative for the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For comments or questions, contact her at or follow her on Twitter @NutritionRD. To find out more about Charlyn Fargo and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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