Banana Blueberry Bars
1 cup medjool dates (about 7), pitted and diced
1 1/2 cups apple juice or water (which makes them less sweet)
OR 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup oat flour
2 cups rolled oats
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3 medium ripe bananas, diced
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
Place pitted and diced dates in a bowl with the apple juice.
Set aside and soak for at least 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 baking dish with
parchment paper, making sure the sides are lined as well (cut
slits in the corners of the paper so that it overlaps).
Combine the flour, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl
and set aside. Place the diced bananas, vanilla extract, apple
juice, and dates into a blender and blend until creamy.
Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredient bowl and mix
with a fork. Fold in the blueberries. Pour the batter into your
baking dish and smooth the top. Bake for 30 minutes. Test for
doneness by poking bars with a fork or knife. It should come out
clean. The top should be a light brown. Let cool for 5-10
minutes before cutting and serving.
Makes 12-24 bars depending on how you cut them.
NOTE: Make 12 muffins using silicone baking cups. Baking time
will be about 3-5 minutes less using the baking cups.