A delicious, nutritious and cheap/easy to make granola bar for you or the kids lunchbox's or fridge. Its ideal for a snack on the go, and can be frozen for up to 3 months, making it ideal for a long term storage snack. After making this you will never want to pay for bland, overpriced, WEAK granola bars from your local store. These are preservative free and pack a nice punch of magnesium, zinc and soluble fiber to absorb all that bad cholesterol.
The quality of a date makes a huge impact on any dish where the date is not turned into a sauce or blended into a batter. Make sure to choose the best and freshest dates you can. I recommend fresh dates from the middle east. You probably won't have those dates at your local store, since Anglo stores import local rubbish. So try look for them at suspicious looking convenience stores or Arabic markets/deli's. Little fruit stores seem to always have them too if the owners are ethnic or just serious about dates. In my experience the softer,fresher and larger the date, the more it will cost you. But for raw recipes the smaller softer ones are best value. Just avoid those home-brand local supermarket contract rubbish they try promote at every large supermarket chain, and be Weary of large companies importing the "dried out and old" date batches from other companies. In other words: trust the small private sellers with dates. Best way to make this recipe healthier is to use organic GMO free oats. They taste better, look better, and pack more protein and minerals then their cheaper contenders. Finland export some of the highest quality organic GMO free oats.