Blackstrap Molasses No-Bake Cookie Bars

Beware, these are not meant for the molasses sensitive (is that even a thing?!?). I have a huuuuuge container of blackstrap molasses sitting in my pantry and was in the experimenting spirit. So I threw a couple of ingredients into the blender and voila! a new dessert. They have the consistency of a cliff bar and taste like a grown up gingerbread cookie, yum!
I was excited to use the blackstrap molasses because of its amazing nutritional properties. Blackstrap molasses is a rich source of calcium and iron and also contains magnesium, folate, other B vitamins, potassium (lots of it) and manganese. There are 60 Calories/1 Tbsp; however, you do not need a lot to reap the benefits.

Ingredients:
– 1 cup pitted dates
– 1 cup oats (quick or rolled work)
– 1/8 cup blackstrap molasses (if you don’t like a strong flavor use slightly less)
– 1/3 cup almond flour
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 2-2 1/2 tsp ginger (powder form)
– 1/8 cup 100% organic maple syrup (grade A)
– 1 tbsp flaxseed

Directions:
1. Combine everything in a food processor or blender until evenly combined.
2. Spoon into a small baking dish and use the back of a wood spoon to press down the “dough” until it is even and covering the whole dish.
3. Put in the fridge for an hour.
4. Cut into squares (or your favorite shape) and eat up!

I ate them plain but my sister crumbled them over frozen yogurt and said the combination was delish : )

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