Recipe Friday – Cranberry Date Bars

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Thought I would share another sweet recipe with you. I know too many sweets are not good for you but this recipe is actually a pretty good from a nutritional stand point. It is a wholesome energy packed bar that really does taste good. Enjoy!!

 

CRANBERRY DATE BARS

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) chopped dates
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, melted

OPTIONAL GLAZE:

  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Place cranberries, dates and water in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until berries pop, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  4. Mix flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; stir in melted butter.
  5. Press half of the mixture into an ungreased 13×9-in. pan. Bake 8 minutes.
  6. Spoon cranberry mixture over crust.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining oat mixture; pat down gently. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Mix glaze ingredients.
  10. Drizzle over top.

Morning Exercise and a New Toy

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So I’ll be honest I really did not want to exercise this morning but I made myself do it and now I feel amazing. I get all those endorphins going and I get that good energy flowing…can’t get too much better than that!! I just love working out before everyone gets up in the morning. I can just enjoy the quiet before the storm…lol!!  I created a playlist that gets me going every morning:

Applause – Lady Gaga

Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake

Moves like Jagger – Adam Levine w/Christina Aguilera

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

Just Like Fire – Pink

Lose Yourself – Eminem

Poker Face – Lady Gaga

The Rubberband Man – The Spinners

 

My husband surprised me yesterday with a new toy… a Fitbit!! I was so tickled by it. I had no idea he was planning to get me one. He told me that I was working so hard to lose weight and improve myself I deserved a new toy to help me keep track of everything. What can I say, I’ve got an amazing hubby 😀