Banana Blueberry Bars

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This tasty bar is perfect for breakfast, a snack, or desert. 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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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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Katie Mae

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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