Blueberry Oatmeal Bars

Updated: May 26



If you need an easy breakfast or a healthy vegan snack that you can make in advance and enjoy throughout the week, then you’ll love these blueberry oatmeal bars!

These easy oatmeal bars are delicious, healthy, and filling! Packed with fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. These baked oatmeal bars make for the perfect breakfast or to-go snack to boost your energy and keep you satisfied for hours!

Besides being great for breakfast, these vegan oatmeal bars are also perfect as an afternoon snack, a post-workout snack, and the best topping for yogurt or ice cream! Just crumble them on top, and you have a healthy vegan dessert!

There’s no better feeling than having a healthy vegan snack on hand. By making your own blueberry oat bars, you’ll have full control of the ingredients and sugar. In my view, that’s the healthiest way to snack.

Details:


Yield: 12 servings (small bars)

Prep time: 10 min

Cooking time: 35 min

Total time: 45 min


Ingredients:


2 ripe bananas

⅔ cup blueberries

1.5 cup old fashioned oats

½ cup dried cranberries

2 tbsp brown sugar

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

A drizzle of any liquid sweetener


Directions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

  2. In a small bowl, add the ground flaxseed with 3 tbsp of water. Mix and let it sit in the fridge for 15 min to thicken. We’ll use this flaxseed egg to bind the mixture.

  3. In the meantime, add the bananas to a large bowl and mash them using a fork or a potato masher.

  4. To the same bowl, add sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.

  5. Add the oats, dried cranberries, blueberries, flaxseed egg, and a drizzle of any liquid sweetener to make it a bit sticky. Combine thoroughly.

  6. Lightly grease a baking dish, ideally a 9x9 inch dish, but if you only have a bigger size, you can still use it and form a 9x9 square - The mixture is thick enough to hold itself. Pour the mixture and press it down to create a ½ inch base.

  7. Put it in the oven and bake for 35 min.

  8. Once ready, let it cool in the fridge for about 15 min or until the base is set enough to cut.

  9. Remove it carefully from the dish and cut into 12 bars.


Notes:


  1. Store in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks.

  2. You can increase the protein by adding ⅓ cup of any nuts roughly chopped, like almonds or walnuts.

  3. Enjoy them as a snack, breakfast, or even on top of yogurt or ice cream!


Approximate cost:


$3.75. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only. It does not include seasoning.

Nutrition:


*Bananas are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and several nutrients. They are rich in fiber and resistant starch, which may feed your friendly gut bacteria and safeguard against colon cancer. Bananas are also a dietary source of potassium and magnesium - two nutrients that are essential for heart health.


*Oats are packed with a variety of vitamins and nutrients. They’re rich in carbs and fiber and higher in protein and fat than other grains. Oats are also high in a soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which helps reduce cholesterol and promotes healthy gut bacteria.


*Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all the popular fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids appear to be the berries’ antioxidant with the greatest impact. Several studies suggest that blueberries and blueberry juice reduce DNA damage, which is a leading driver of aging and cancer.


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