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Oat & Fruit Breakfast Bars (Dairy, Egg, Sugar, Flour, Nut and Gluten Free)

1/2 cups Coconut Flakes, Unsweetened
2 whole Bananas, Mashed
1 Tablespoon Ground Flaxseed
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 cups Tahini
1 teaspoon Sweetleaf Stevia, Vanilla Creme (optional)
1 cup Dates, Chopped
1/2 cups Dried Apricots, Chopped
1/2 cups Dried Cherries
1/2 cups Sunflower Seeds, Divided
1/2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 2. In a food processor, add the coconut, banana, flaxseed, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda and tahini. If using stevia, add it now. 3. Process until smooth. 4. Add chopped dates a little at a time until smooth. 5. Remove mixture from processor and place in a bowl. 6. To the bowl add chopped apricots, cherries, half of the sunflower seeds (save the remaining half for topping), and old fashioned oats and mix well. 7. Line a 9 x 13 casserole dish with parchment paper. Spray the paper with nonstick cooking spray. 8. Pour the batter onto the parchment paper and spread out, touching edges of dish all around as best you can. 9. Sprinkle the top with the reserved sunflower seeds. 10. Bake 15-18 minutes until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out fairly clean. 11. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into bars.

Source: tastykitchen.com