I can’t think of Tu B’Shevat without thinking of Tone, short for Antonio–an Italian Catholic co-worker from my days at JUF News. On each Jewish holiday, the HR department would deliver a festive goody: honey on Rosh HaShanah, chocolate on Chanukah, Hamentashen on Purim…you get the idea. The first time I saw the cart roll down the hall with the Tu B’Shevat dried fruit bags, Tone excitedly exclaimed, “It’s Tu B’Shevat already? I love Tu B’Shevat!”

Tu B’Shevat may not be the most widely celebrated Jewish festivity, and I’d bet a lot of Jews won’t even notice today’s birthday of the trees. But I’ll be munching on Tu B’Shevat granola bars full of Israel’s seven species and thinking of Tone.

2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1t baking powder
1/2t salt
1t cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 cup honey, agave nectar or maple syrup
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup of raisins, chopped dried dates and figs
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
handful of chopped almonds

Combine the oats, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the egg, syrup, nut butter and combo of fruit and nuts. Stir until evenly coated. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. Store up to a week in an airtight container…if they last that long.

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