I must admit that when it comes to breakfast, I often default to a handful of go-tos. These go-tos involve one of two things: oatmeal or a smoothie. There’s nothing wrong with these go-tos (they are my favorite breakfasts!), but sometimes I want to try something new. I usually achieve this by changing up the toppings in my oatmeal or the fruit and veggies in my smoothies. But still, sometimes I want something entirely different. It’s not that I lack creativity, it’s that I lack the time. These berry breakfast bars can be made ahead of time and refrigerated up to three days.
And don’t get caught up in the fact that these are ‘breakfast’ bars. They can totally be eaten as a snack or for dessert as well!
BERRY BREAKFAST BARS
Makes 6-8 bars
– 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
– ½ cup gluten-free oats
– ½ cup raw sunflower seeds or nut/seed of choice
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– Juice of ½ lemon
– Pinch of sea salt
– 1 cup mixed fresh berries, chopped
1. Place all ingredients in food processor fresh berries. Process until ingredients are well combined and mixture sticks together when pressed with fingers.
2. Transfer to a parchment lined dish such as a pyrex or cake tin. Press mixture down into pan to flatten out. Here you can decide what thickness of bars you want. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes.
3. While bottom layer is setting, place mixed berries in food processor and pulse a few times to chop them up. You may leave a few out for decoration. Spread over date mixture and slice into bars.
The thing I love about these bars is that the toppings are so open-ended. Blueberries and raspberries instead of strawberries and blackberries? Sure! Peaches and plums or apples and kiwis? Why not? Don’t worry about staying within the berry family at all! Experiment!
Dates High in fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium. Regulates digestive system, provides energy, healthy sweetener, boost the nervous system.
Gluten-free Oats stabilize blood sugar, improves cholesterol levels, contains antioxidants
Sunflower Seeds Anti-inflammatory (high in Vitamin E), nerve calming, vegetarian protein, supports detox, good source of healthy fats.
Berries High in antioxidants, low in sugar/balance blood sugar, boost brain function, anti-aging.
Recipe & ingredient highlights Giovanna Garcia
Intro & photography Micaela Hoo
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