Cherry Coconut Breakfast Bars

Boost your energy levels with these healthy energy bars. Oats, like other grains and vegetables, contain hundreds of plant chemicals. Many phytochemicals are thought to reduce a person’s risk of getting cancer.

Makes 9 bars

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup agave nectar
2-1/4 cups steel-cut oats (uncooked)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup pitted pruned, chopped
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 banana, mashed well
2 eggs


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Put butter and agave in a small pan over medium heat and stir until melted.

2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, coconut, baking powder and sesame seeds. Add prunes, apricots and cherries and mix well. Gently fold in egg.

3. Add agave mixture and banana and mix. Pour into square baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through. Let cool, remove from pan, and cut into rectangular bars.