Banana Blueberry Bars

Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 30 minutes

Serves:Makes 12 bars

By Katie Mae, MS
This tasty bar is perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. It’s full of healthy starch to give you lasting energy, unrefined sugars for sweetness, fiber for good digestion, and even omega-3s for your heart and brain. Its easy have a delicious treat and support your body at the same time!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates, pitted and halved
  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (frozen also works)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Directions

In a small bowl, soak dates in apple juice for 10-15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F. Lay a piece of parchment paper in a 9 x 9-inch baking pan, making sure the sides are covered. Cut slits in the corners of the paper so that the paper overlaps and is flat. In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix and set aside. Place bananas and vanilla extract into a blender. Remove dates from apple juice and set aside. Add the strained juice to the blender and blend until creamy. Add 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 until well combined. Stir in the blueberries and walnuts. Using a spatula, pour the batter into baking pan. Bake at 350F for 30 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.