These hearty squares are simple to make and wonderfully portable--they are perfect for packing in lunch boxes or for snacking in the car.
1/4 cup apple juice
6 whole pitted dates, coarsely chopped
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup golden cane syrup (such as Lyle's Golden Syrup)
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 325°.
Line a 9-inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray. Place juice and dates in a food processor; pulse until dates are finely chopped.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in date mixture, syrup, and salt. Remove date mixture from heat. Cool 5 minutes. Stir in oats, cherries, chocolate, and sesame seeds. Spoon oat mixture into prepared pan. Using wet hands, carefully press the mixture into the corners of the pan.
Bake at 325° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Place pan in refrigerator; cool 20 minutes. Invert oat mixture onto cutting board; cut into 16 squares.
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