I have an unbelievable sweet tooth. And I’m trying to cut back on sugar. Do you see the problem here?
To survive I’ve been trying to come up with healthier versions of all my favorite recipes. Like I did in my Heavenly Healthy Cheesecake recipe.
I still had to tackle one of my favorite treats: berry bars for breakfast. Ooey gooey on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Mmmmmmmmmm.
After a bit of trial and error I came up with a recipe that will become my new go to breakfast!
These healthy berry bars contain no processed sugar. To sweeten the bars I used dates. They are a great source of fibre, which helps digestion. I also used a few tablespoons of maple syrup. Maple syrup beats table sugar because it contains antioxidants and minerals, like zinc. Next time I want to try a version completely sweetened with fruit. I might swap the maple syrup for 2 mashed bananas …
The seeds add a bit more crunch and another sweet touch as well.
These healthy berry bars make a perfect snack or breakfast treat. Top with Greek yoghurt or a scoop of “nice cream” (blend a frozen banana until smooth).
Seeded Berry Oat Bars recipe
For the filling
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cup dates pitted and chopped
- 1/4 cup water
For the crust
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons Maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees (190 degrees celsius).
Add the chopped dates to the water and pour it into a sauce pan or cooking pot. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring occassionaly, until it starts to form a thick paste.
Add the raspberries and blueberries to the date mixture. I used frozen ones. Lower the heat and let all the ingredients form a thick coulis. Stir occassionaly. Take off the heat after 10 to 15 minutes.
For the bottom and crust ground the oats in a food processor until you have a fine flour. Next, pulse the seeds in the food processor to chop them into smaller pieces.
In a bowl combine the oats, seeds, vanilla extract, baking powder, maple syrup and melted coconut oil. Stir well until it forms a sticky mixture.
Line a baking tray with about half of the crust mixture. Press it down firmly. Next, pour the berry and date layer on top. Sprinkle the rest of the oats and seeds mixture on top for a crumble effect. Press it down for bars.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes.