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These Bananas Foster Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are chewy and have the perfect amount of sweetness. They are full of wholesome ingredients like oats, bananas, coconut oil and cinnamon. You will feel like you are eating cookies for breakfast!
A couple weeks ago Nick took me to the Melting Pot and we got one of the best desserts I’ve ever had; their version of a Bananas Foster. I wish that I could eat dessert every day but I try to keep things healthy during the week so I decided to come up with my own spin on Bananas Foster. It is basically dessert for breakfast, in a form you can feel good about.
I think more and more of Americans are headed towards a healthier routine and I love that. I have been seeing healthier options at restaurants, calorie counts on menus and even my local Sam’s Club is stocking my favorite superfoods. I have recently started receiving the Healthy Living magazine from Sam’s Club and absolutely love it. They share great tips for meal planning, exercise routines and updates on how they are stocking their stores to help you be your healthiest. This week I was able to pick up my favorite Quinoa and Kale Blend, Acai Smoothie Packets and Coconut Oil all in one trip. Coconut oil ended up being one of my favorite ingredients in these Bananas Foster Oatmeal Breakfast Bars.
I experimented with these bars for a while before settling in on what I thought was the perfect flavor. I like crunchy granola bars but I wanted these bars to be chewy like an oatmeal cookie. I started with old fashioned oats as the base for these bars. I prefer the texture of toasted oats so I pop them in the oven for 15 minutes so that they get slightly golden brown. Nick and I both love chewy dried blueberries so I added those in for a bit of texture. The last dry ingredient is walnuts. They give these bars the perfect nutty bite.
The second part of these bars are so simple! I used overripe bananas, dates, rum extract, almond butter and a little bit of pure maple syrup. I can’t even tell you how amazing these taste! They are sweet, chewy and guaranteed to give you energy all day long.
Make these for breakfast or they make a great pre workout snack!
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- 1 Cup Pitted Dates (Any Variety)
- ¼ Cup Almond Butter
- ½ Cup Pure Maple Syrup
- 2 Banana, mashed (about 1 Cup)
- 2 Teaspoons Rum Extract
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats, toasted
- ½ Cup Dried Blueberries
- ½ Cup Unsalted Walnuts
- ¼ Cup Flaxseed
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Line an 8"x8" baking dish with parchment paper. Allow the parchment paper to hang over the sides so that it will be easier to remove the granola bars. In a blender or food processor, puree the dates with a few tablespoons of water. The dates should become a thick paste. In a small saucepan combine the almond butter, maple syrup, date mixture, mashed banana, rum extract and coconut oil. Heat on medium low heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a large bowl combine the toasted oats, dried blueberries, walnuts, flaxseed and cinnamon. Pour the almond butter mixture over the oat mixture and mix well with a wooden spoon. If the mixture is too dry, add a little bit of honey. Transfer the oats to the prepared baking dish, pressing the mixture down well with your hand or the bottom of a glass. Place the dish in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours to allow the bars to set up. Remove from the fridge and cut into 12 bars. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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