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Sunflower Seed Oatmeal Banana Energy Bars

If you're an oatmeal fan but need a new way to enjoy it, these bars might be just what you need. They're sweet, simple, and quick!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shelled sunflower seeds
  • 4 teaspoons coconut oil
  • sea salt to taste
  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes
  • 4 cups old-fasioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Line a 13x9 inch glass pan with parchment and grease with oil. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 C).
  2. Melt coconut oil in a small frying pan and add sunflower seeds. Stir constantly until browned and toasty then sprinkle with salt to taste.
  3. Combine the sunflower seeds and all other ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until very well combined. Scrape mixture into prepared pan and spread into a smooth layer with a spatula.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges start to darken and the top looks dry. Remove and cool completely then cut into desired size bars. They are best stored in the fridge but should last for many days at room temperature also. If you plan to eat them over a longer period of time than freezing is probably a good idea.