Banana Berry Oatmeal Bars

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These wholesome and tasty oatmeal bars are naturally gluten and dairy free, and full of deliciousness. They would be a great breakfast, after school snack, or even dessert! Throw them together in less than 10 minutes, pop them in the oven, and they'll be ready in 30-35 minutes. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup dates, pitted and halved

  • 1½ cups apple juice

  • 3 cups rolled oats, divided

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder

  • 1 large or 2 small ripe bananas

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries

  • ½ cup walnuts

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • In a small bowl, soak the dates in the apple juice for 10 to 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, making sure the sides are covered. Cut slits in the corners of the paper so that it overlaps and lies flat.

  • In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of the rolled oats with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking powder. Mix and set aside.

  • Place the remaining 1 cup of rolled oats, the bananas, and the vanilla extract into a blender. Remove the dates from the apple juice and set aside. Strain the juice, add it to the blender, and blend until creamy.

  • Add the dates to the blender, and pulse a few times until the dates are in small pieces.

  • Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredient bowl. Mix well. Stir in the berries and walnuts.

  • Using a spatula, pour the batter into the baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  • Cool at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12

Amount Per Serving

calories 136

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 3 g 5 %

Saturated Fat 0 g 2 %

Monounsaturated Fat 1 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %

Sodium 1 mg 0 %

Potassium 101 mg 3 %

Total Carbohydrate 15 g 5 %

Dietary Fiber 2 g 6 %

Sugars 6 g

Protein 2 g 4 %

Vitamin A 0 %

Vitamin C 2 %

Calcium 5 %

Iron 3 %

Recipe from: https://www.forksoverknives.com/recipes/vegan-breakfast/banana-blueberry-bars/

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