Oatmeal, Tart Cherry and Date Breakfast Bars
2 ¼ cups whole pitted dates
1 cup water
2 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ cups oats
1 cup whole what pastry flour
1 cup vanilla whey protein powder
¼ cup millet
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 cup sucanat or brown sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
½ cup dried tart cherries
Place dates, water and vanilla in a small sauce pan; simmer for 5 minutes, stirring, until tender. Place in food processor to puree until smooth.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat together oil and eggs. Mix egg mixture into dry ingredients; mixture will be crumble.
Line a 9by 13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil. Coat with cooking spray and press half of the flour mixture into pan. Bake for 10 minutes; remove from oven.Spread date puree evenly over crust and top with dried cherries.
Spread remaining flour mixture over top; Bake for an additional 15- 18 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 25 squares.