Brain Boosting Banana Berry Breakfast Bars

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Two years into this food blogging experiment, I can tell you that it’s pretty much the most expensive, time-consuming and thankless hobby I could have picked. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE it. And I especially LOVE you for being among the 14 people who actually read and follow along. Thank you. But sometimes I wonder why I didn’t just go with stamp collecting or badminton or knitting. People love hand knitted scarves, right? No one’s nearly as excited for my tweets about baked salmon.

But there are some really awesome upsides to this food blogging thing, I will admit. Like if you hang out on social media for long enough (you know, tweeting about salmon), you are bound to discover some pretty cool people doing some pretty darn cool stuff.

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So it was with my discovery of Baby Brain Organics. Someone introduced me to its founder—Amy Brown—on Instagram (there is no shame in making friends on Instagram people, no shame). She’s a mom and a pilates instructor, and she’s toiling in the small business trenches, for which she (and all her fellow entrepre-mamas) deserve major props.

Her product is a blend of ground seeds (quinoa, chia, hemp and flax) that you can add to just about anything—smoothies, mashed potatoes, cereal—to give it a little boost of heart and brain-healthy fats and fibre. Amy is hoping to launch a line of Baby Brain Organics granola bars too, and she’s running an Indiegogo campaign right now to help her kickstart the project. So cool.

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Today Amy and I are teaming up to bring you a super dose of BBO superfood: a chance to win yourself a big ol’ three-month supply of the stuff, and a recipe for BBO-containing Brain Boosting Banana Berry Breakfast Bars (you totally tried to say that 5 times fast, didn’t you?).

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If you’ve been here before, you know I have something of a love affair with make-ahead breakfasts. So it shouldn’t surprise you then that my go-to BBO recipe would be a make-ahead breakfast of champions. Not only are these bars packed with the healthful goodness of chia, quinoa and flax, they are vegan, free of wheat, sweetened almost exclusively by banana (yes!) and—most importantly—super freakin’ delicious. They’ve got a jammy raspberry layer sandwiched by two lawyers of chewy, banana-y, coconut-y oats, the whole thing a little reminiscent of a date square or one of those coffee shop blueberry oat bars, but with a nutritional punch and none of the guilt. While I’ve called them breakfast bars, they also make a great afternoon snack or lunchbox treat.

If you’re jonesing to make yourself a batch of these bars (you are, I know you are), and you don’t have any Baby Brain Organics on hand, scroll on down and follow the prompts for a chance to win yourself three bags of the stuff. Or Amy sells it on her website too.

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Brain Boosting Banana Berry Breakfast Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Baby Brain Organics
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Finely grated zest of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a 8 inch square baking pan with a sling of parchment paper (cut two pieces of parchment paper about 4 inches longer than the pan, and criss-cross them over each other to make a sling formation).
  2. Combine the mashed banana, rolled oats, cinnamon, sea salt, 1/4 cup Baby Brain Organics, coconut oil and coconut in a medium bowl. Combine the raspberries, remaining 2 tablespoons Baby Brain Organics, maple syrup, lemon juice and lemon zest in another bowl.
  3. Press 2/3 of the oat mixture into a thin layer in the parchment-lined pan. Distribute the raspberry mixture evenly over top. Place dollops of the remaining oat mixture over the raspberries and gently press it down. You want to distribute it somewhat evenly over top of the raspberry layer, but it won't cover the entire thing, and that's ok. Nothing wrong with a rustic look.
  4. Sprinkle the whole thing with the sugar (if using) and bake in the 375 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until nicely set and starting to brown around the edges.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes or so and then use the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan. When completely cool, cut them into squares.
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