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This tasty bar is perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. It’s full of starch to give you lasting energy and unrefined sugars for a healthy sweetness. You can have a delicious treat and support your body at the same time!

From Plant-Based Katie

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This tasty vegan granola bar recipe is perfect for breakfast, a snack, or desert. You can have a delicious treat and support your body at the same time!

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 fresh blueberries (frozen also works)
  • ½ cup walnuts

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups of the rolled oats with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking powder. Mix and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the dates to the blender, and pulse a few times until the dates are in small pieces.
  5. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredient bowl. Mix well. Stir in the blueberries and walnuts.
  6. 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.
  7. Cool at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Rosemary3 weeks ago
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Was great hit with us all, will make again. Can substitute apple juice with any vegan milk works great .

Illistine Banks3 weeks ago
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Thank you for the substitution tip.

Jen1 month ago
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I didn’t use a blender and just dumped everything into a mixer, then in the oven. Love it! So squishy and filling, great to take a slice for breakfast, feels good and healthy and my husband loves it. Describes it as an oaty bread pudding. Thank you!

Mandy1 month ago
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Turned out very good! Best way to store?

Sue Resig3 months ago
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These didn’t do it for me, but my husband enjoyed them.

Irene Guzovsky4 months ago
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These look amazing!! But I’m allergic to bananas 🙁 Is there anything else I could use instead?

MSc2 months ago
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Try sweet potato maybe?

Denise A Diener4 months ago
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I don’t usually buy apple juice. Any ideas what to substitute it with?

Louise Searles2 weeks ago
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I don’t either but I’m going to get some fresh apples and juice them.

Lois4 months ago
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Looking for the breakdown of calories, carbs, fat etc..

Noemi6 months ago
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What a great way to have breakfast all ready in the morning! Mine don’t look anything like the picture, but have more oatmeal texture. I wrap pieces in waxed paper to take to work for snacks, eat it for breakfast, and sometimes have one in the afternoon to ward off the munchies. So tasty, and everything in it is good for you!

Mike6 months ago
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Awesome taste and filling. I only added about 1/4 cup more almonds

vincent r marsh6 months ago
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What in English is a cup measurement wise in ounces or grams

Mike6 months ago
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8 ounces

vincent r marsh6 months ago
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What measurement is a cup in oz or grams

Jo6 months ago
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It totally depends on the substance, it can 250 grams or more per cup. The volume of one cup of liquid is 240-250 mls, however it’s important to remember one cup of oats is a different weight to one cup of almonds. I’m an Australian living in the US and yes it’s infuriating that everything is in cups, and for precise baking gram measurements are superior but for a quick easy recipe such as this cups are just fine. I use my scales daily but I use my cups regularly too. If you don’t have cups, I’d get some, no need for anything fancy, something for a $1 is fine and you’ll use them often. Happy baking.

Kalyon Subbarao Munnaluru6 months ago
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150 grams approx

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Chef Katie Mae is the founder of The Culinary Gym, an online hub for learning, practicing, and mastering whole-food, plant-based cuisine. Since 2011, she has been teaching at TrueNorth Health Center and Dr. McDougall’s residential health programs. Witnessing patients radically transform their health inspired her to create an in-depth culinary curriculum to help people embrace a whole-food, plant-based diet at home. With a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University and a personal passion for flavor science, Mae teaches how to prepare food that’s both health-promoting and mouthwatering.

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