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Nutty Breakfast Bars

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Don’t have time for your bowl of oatmeal? These breakfast bars are full of nutty goodness with oats, almonds and dates. Forgive me if I sound like a nutrition geek/nerd, but in addition to all that good stuff, there are the benefits of chia and hemp seeds which include fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients. Yes, I did say these are vegan, have no added sugar, are gluten and dairy free. When you taste them, they seriously are better than processed store bars and can rival even the best dessert. This recipe makes 12 bars, or 12 mini muffins—you might want to consider doubling the recipe.♥

Nutty Breakfast Bars

  • Servings: 1 bar
  • Yield: 12
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cooking Time: 30 min


  • 8 dates, soaked in water
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 banana
  • date water was needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Chop almonds in food processor until fine
  3. Add other ingredients to almonds and mix
  4. Add date water as needed to mix completely
  5. Spray 8x8 pan with coconut oil or 12 muffin pan
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test
  7. Let cool and slice. Drizzle with cacao sauce or nibs if desired, but not necessary for deliciousness.

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