Heart Health Bars

September 18, 2013

Makes 18 bars

1 cup white, granulated sugar (can use low-calorie sugar substitute)

1 cup soy flour

¾ cup all-purpose or wheat flour

¾ cup oat bran

¾ cup flax seed, ground

1 tablespoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 ½ cups cooked black beans, cooked without salt

¾ cup orange juice

1 cup nonfat milk

1 large egg

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup dried cranberries

¾ cup walnuts, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, combine white sugar, soy flour, white flour, oat bran, flax seed, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Puree navy beans with orange juice in a food processor until smooth.
  4. Add pureed navy beans, milk, egg, brown sugar and vanilla to flour mixture. Stir just until flour mixture is moistened.
  5. Add cranberries and walnuts to flour and bean mixture. Stir just until combined.
  6. Pour into greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 20 minutes. Cut into bars. Refrigerate up to 7 days or freeze up to 1 month.
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