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Plant Power Granola Bars

A plant-based snack that is perfect for when you need an energy boost or want to fuel your workout!

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 48 minute
  • Yield: 10 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup dates, pitted, chopped
  • 1 cup almonds, roasted, salt-free, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips, dairy-free (optional)
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (pepitas), raw, shelled (optional)
  • 2 tbsp raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter, oil-free, sugar-free, salt-free
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place oats on a baking sheet and toast for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. Meanwhile, place dates in the food processor and pulse until broken down into a dough-like consistency.
  3. Remove oats from oven and place them in a large bowl with almonds, dates, and any optional ingredients.
  4. Melt almond butter and maple syrup in a saucepan over low heat, then stir into oat mixture bowl.
  5. Line 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Add granola bar mixture into pan, pressing down to pack and flatten.
  6. Cover and place in the freezer or refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to harden. Remove and slice into bars. Bars can be stored in an air-tight container for a few days.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.