Gluten Free Blueberry Pecan Oat Bars

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If you know anything at all about me then you know that I’m on a mission when it comes to breakfast.  I’m constantly looking for ways to cram as much healthiness as humanly possible into something my kids will eat.  Just check out my breakfast section on the recipes page to see for yourself.  The Chocolate Banana Breakfast Cookies, Homemade Granola Bars, and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins have all become healthified family favorites.  Now after much trial and error I can finally add another one to the list.  These Blueberry Pecan Oat Bars are jammed full of some of the healthiest, most nutritious ingredients around.  And we all love them, kids included!

Here are a few of the stars of my Blueberry Pecan Oat Bars – rolled oats and flax meal for a boost of fiber and Omega 3′s, dried blueberries for a nice dose of antioxidants, coconut oil for some healthy fat, and bananas for potassium and B6.  That’s plenty of power to fuel you until lunch.  Even better, you won’t find a single gram of refined sugar.  These bars get their sweetness naturally from one of my favorite ingredients – dates. If you haven’t tried baking with dates you really should.  They’re inexpensive, especially in bulk, and are easy to use.  I love to grab a handful of dates when I’m craving something sweet — they’re a 100% guilt-free snack.

Making these Blueberry Pecan Oat Bars couldn’t be easier.  The food processor does most of the work, then pour it into a pan and bake.  Don’t save these just for breakfast though!  They’re just as ideal for snacks and guilt-free desserts.

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Blueberry Pecan Oat Bars
makes 8 large bars or 12 smaller squares

1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (use gluten free if necessary)
1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon high quality vanilla extract
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
2 ripe bananas (the more brown spots the better)
1 cup dates, packed
1 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 11×7 baking dish with butter or line with parchment paper.  Set aside.

Place oats, peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla, flax seed meal, coconut flakes, cinnamon, baking powder, and bananas in the bowl of a food processor.  Process until smooth, about 1 minute.

Add dates to the mixture in the food processor and process again until smooth, about 1 more minute.

Using a wooden spoon gently stir in blueberries and pecans.

Spread mixture into prepared pan using the wooden spoon to smooth the top.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until top if firm to the touch.

Place pan onto a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars or shapes and let cool completely on the wire rack.  Store in an airtight container on the counter for about 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

An Our Family Eats original recipe

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  1. Deidre says:

    They look delicious, but d0 you know the nutritional counts by any chance?

    • Susan says:

      I don’t, but I know there are several free sights on the web that you can use to calculate that for any recipe. You can probably just Google it and search through a few to find the one you like using the best.

  2. Kenzie F. says:

    I was just wondering, if I was going to substitute unsweetened applesauce for the bananas, how much do you think I might use? We really dislike bananas here at our house! Thanks!

    • Susan says:

      I’ve only made these with bananas and have never tried a substitution like this before, but I’m sure it’s possible. I’d start with 1 cup of applesauce and see how the batter looks. If it seems too dry then add a Tablespoon or two and check again until you get close. This batter should be fairly thick in order for the bars to hold up once they’re cut. If you like the results you get with applesauce please come back and leave a note for any others who may be in your same situation. :)

  3. These look like such a great healthy breakfast! So much better than the store bought granola bars I used to eat.

  4. Debbie says:

    These blueberry pecan oat bars look fabulous! Do you use dried dates? If they are not dried where do you find them? I don’t recall ever seeing dates in the fresh produce section of a grocery store.

    • Susan says:

      Hi Debbie, yes dried dates are what I use. They are a great all natural sweetener – I use them all the time. Hope you enjoy these bars!

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