Raw Strawberry Oat Breakfast Bars

When I was a kid, it was hard for my Mother to get me to eat breakfast on school days.  I usually didn’t want anything, and I ended up going to school with a Nutrigrain bar or something similar since I hated cereal.  Not the most nutritious and zero protein in those things, but I don’t blame my Mother who tried to get me to eat better things but I refused.  As I got older, I realized the importance of breakfast when I joined sports in high school and I needed to fuel myself more.  My breakfast of choice by the time I graduated was a big bowl of warm oatmeal with nut butter.  That did not change for 10 years! Every day I ate the same thing.  It filled me up and kept me going!  I switch it up more, and have things like smoothie bowls and chia porridge, but I do still love my oatmeal.

Some people think oatmeal is too tedious to cook in the morning though.  Which is where overnight oats can be awesome…or these bars I recently made for my breakfast challenged boyfriend who works early often and forgets to eat before hand.  I couldn’t have him going to work hungry, so I made something with all of the goodness of oatmeal, plus nutrient rich seeds and sweet strawberries to make it extra delicious.  They taste wonderful as well.  Think oatmeal with the flavors of peanut butter and jelly sandwich thanks to the strawberries.  I chose peanut butter because it is Eric’s favorite, but feel free to use whichever nut butter you prefer. Make these on the weekend, and you will have breakfast all week no fuss!

Raw Strawberry Oat Breakfast Bars
Makes 6

3/4 cup pitted, soft medjool dates
1/2 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup raw jungle peanut butter or raw almond butter
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp chia seeds
3 Tbsp hemp seeds
3 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 cups raw rolled oats (or gluten free rolled oats)
1 cup dried strawberries

In a food processor, combine the dates, banana, almond butter, sea salt and process until smooth. Add the seeds and one cup of the oats and pulse until combined.
Remove to a bowl, and stir in the remaining cup of oats, and the strawberries.
Spread the mixture out on a lined dehydrator tray about an inch thick in a square.
Dehydrate for 4 hours, then cut into 6 bars, separate a little and continue to dehydrate for 4 more hours until not sticky, and firm but still a little soft in the centers.  Store in the refrigerator.

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About Amy

I was first exposed to cooking and baking when I was a small child in my grandmother’s kitchen. I always wanted to help and get in on the action…especially when cookies were involved! After a while though I didn’t cook a thing until my highschool foods class. At that point my interest in cooking was sparked again, and I would often cook meals at home for me and my Mom.

I wasn’t very adventurous in my cooking at that point however, merely following recipes.I graduated from Bethel University with a degree in studio art, but now my real passion is food. I have always been a creative person, but it wasn’t until about 7 years ago my freshmen year at college that I began experimenting with cooking and venturing outside the box, creating my own recipes.

I should have gone to culinary school, but I chose art instead, and even in my later art work in college you could tell what my true passion really was. Many of my recipes are raw, because I enjoy a high raw plant based diet including some cooked foods.  I find I feel the best when eating this way, and I think it is important to listen to your own body and what it needs. One of the reasons why I believe that wholesome and organic foods are important is that I am a runner.http://fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.co.uk