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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39 Responses to Brain Boosting Banana Berry Breakfast Bars

  1. Sally Carlile September 10, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    Hi, I tried this recipe today. Thought I had all the ingredients (using flax seed instead of baby brain organics as haven’t got a hold of any yet !) But realised half way through I didn’t have coconut oil so left it out and it looks like it turned out ok! Waiting for it to cool to try it!

    • Sarah September 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

      Let me know how it turns out! I hope it’s great :-).

  2. Ellen Russell October 29, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    I love homemade sausage, scrambled eggs with cilantro, and avocado. Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  3. cheryl hodgkins October 27, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    I really like oatmeal muffins with a banana and orange juice

  4. Laura October 26, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    I’m currently obsessed with breakfast quinoa. Banana, almond butter, chia seeds, and shredded coconut make a killer topping combo (chocolate chips make it even better, but that’s straying out of healthy territory just a little bit….). Really, anything that’s good on oatmeal is better on quinoa!

  5. Eva October 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    Blueberry snack cake (your recipe) with reduced sugar/maple syrup, add some flax and chia seeds. Delicious breakfast!

  6. Jen October 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm #

    The almostbinstant overnight oat recipe is our current favourite, especially with coconut milk!

  7. Jess October 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    We have 6 children, all of them unique, with very different likes and dislikes. That being said, breakfast can be quite the challenge. One of our favorites is a smoothie with coconut milk, pineapple, banana and mango and almond milk. We pair that with oatmeal mixed with hemp granola, apples, and cinnamon.

  8. Leah M October 24, 2014 at 1:07 am #

    These bars look incredible! And so gorgeous. My favourite healthy breakfast would probably be vegan pancakes with lots of fruit!! So good!

  9. Katie October 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    My family loved organic granola sprinkled on top of our organic whole milk yogurt with a little honey on top!

  10. Theresa October 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    We like cereal for breakfast

  11. Bridget October 21, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    Wow! Just made these and they turned out amazingly! There were a couple things that I altered a little:
    1) I had orig added the coconut oil in it’s solidified form which didn’t mix well at all. I had to heat the whole mixture on the stove a little bit to get it to the texture where I could press it down – but I could have saved this step by simply melting the coconut oil first
    2) I didn’t have any BBO so I just added my own mix of hemp, chia and ground flax
    3) I thawed the raspberry mix and mashed it instead of adding whole raspberries. I found it covered the bottom layer a bit better.

    What a great alternative to our usual breakfast of either oatmeal or eggs. Thnx Sarah!!

    • Sarah October 21, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      Bridget thanks so much for the feedback! And I’m glad you liked them. I will make a note in the recipe about the coconut oil. I think mine is always a little bit soft because I store it in a cupboard above the stove, ha ha. :-) Thanks again!

  12. Laureen Fox October 21, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    I love my morning smoothies! BTW, it was nice to meet you at FBC2014 :-)

    • Sarah October 21, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      Nice to meet you too Laureen!

  13. Darci Paice October 21, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    Smoothies with yogurt, milk and frozen berries!

  14. Jennifer October 21, 2014 at 12:27 am #

    I could eat apples with oatmeal everyday (more apple then oatmeal most days!) except maybe during peach season.

  15. Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo October 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    I’m not sure if it’s 100% healthy but it’s great for my hypoglycemia; piece of whole wheat toast with 4 slices cheese, slice of peameal and a fried egg. Yum!

    I hope that this giveaway is open to Canadians.

    As for your statement about blogging, people often ask me what my number 1 piece of advice is for a person thinking about starting blogging and I tell them — Don’t. And I’m only kind of kidding. Okay, not kidding at all.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  16. jon@localkitchener October 20, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    Our family’s favourite breakfast is overnight whole wheat pancakes. Yes, we might dump a bit too much syrup on them, but until that point they are quite healthy!

  17. Hannah October 18, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    I loved baked oatmeal. Steal cut or old-fashioned, both are great.

  18. Thalia @ butter and brioche October 18, 2014 at 5:08 am #

    These breakfast bars look and sound seriously delicious! Definitely going to be recreating the recipe – I am loving all the yummy banana, berry and oat goodness.

  19. Jen October 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    we love gluten free vegan pancakes usually with fruit and pure organic maple syrup!

  20. Deborah October 17, 2014 at 3:38 pm #

    Smoothie with kefir, honey and frozen fruit!

  21. Anna (Hidden Ponies) October 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Gorgeous bars, and I love the sound of this blend! We love baked oatmeal and muffins for make ahead breakfasts.

  22. Shauna October 17, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    Making these this weekend- yum!

  23. Michelle October 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Slow-cooker steel cut oats!!!

  24. Vanessa - Natural Family Today October 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    My favorite healthy breakfast is actually another fruit filled breakfast bar recipe similar to this! Looks so delicious. Thanks so much for linking up to Natural Family Friday. Have a great weekend.

  25. La Cuisine Helene October 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    These are gorgeous, I’ll have to try your recipe.

  26. Our Fresh Kitchen October 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    Can I get an order to go please? I absolutely love the look of this recipe. I wish I can get my hands on a piece, a hot tea, a book and a fireplace. Yummy.

  27. Kate October 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    We’re big on smoothies in this house. I do add chia, hemp and flax (no quinoa- what a good idea) but having 1 bag instead of three would be faster, and less messy. Cool!

    • Sarah October 16, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

      Yes it seems like a small thing, but taking out each bag of seeds and fighting with that stupid ziplock thing or whatever…it’s annoying. Especially when you have a kid yelling “HUNGRY” in the background (or is that just me?).

    • Kate October 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

      Damn that ziplock thing!! And Raya practically wakes up saying “mommy I want a smoothie NOW”

  28. Carrie October 16, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    Right now I’m feeding the kids yogurt and fruit every morning. Some variety would be nice!!

  29. Adrienne October 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    My current favourite healthy breakfast is a bowl of organic Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit and homemade granola. I will definitely try out these bars though. I am a big fan of make ahead breakfast too.

  30. Leah October 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    I love soaked oatmeal with apples, honey, and cinnamon. I think Baby Brain Organics would take this breakfast to another level!

  31. Dawn Armstrong October 16, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    I’m loving savory oatmeal made with bone broth then mixed with scrambled eggs and a handful of spinach. I season it with tumeric, ground pepper and a dash of sea salt.

  32. Ewa October 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    My fave healthy (quick!) breakfast at the moment is the almost instant steel cut oats (recipe from this blog!). TheSe look great – can’t wait to try them.

  33. Sharon October 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Looks yummy, can’t wait to try it

  34. Melanie @ Bon Appet'Eat October 16, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    This would be the perfect snack for me… right now :). 9am and I am looking at such beautiful pictures. I love the little fatty hand of baby! :)

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