Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Recipe: Natalie's California Dried Plum Snack Bars

Guest Natalie Coughlin shared this recipe:

World Champion swimmer Natalie Coughlin uses California Dried Plum purée to turn a simple snack bar into a nutritional powerhouse. Loaded with healthy grains, and nuts and sweetened with a touch of honey, these bars are perfect for tucking into your gym bag or lunch box.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 30 minutes

Serves 8


  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup California Dried
  • Plum purée
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup soy flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds


Heat oven to 325ºF. Spray an 8- X 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving the paper overhanging on 2 sides. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together dried plum purée, honey, orange juice, egg white and orange zest. In small bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon and baking powder. Fold flour mixture, oats, almonds, coconut, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds into dried plum mixture.

Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake about 30 minutes or until firm to the touch. Cool on rack; remove from pan, using paper to lift it out. Cut in four, then cut across in half to make 8 bars.

Only 212 calories per bar.

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