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November 5, 2016

This Superfood Bar is one of my all-time favorite bar recipes. We serve a version of it at my juice bar, and we have to make it at least twice a day because they sell so quickly.

I find myself turning to these bars after a long mountain bike ride, a good hard workout, or on a rainy day when I'm wanting something sweet and cozy but still good for me.

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I feel great about eating them because they're packed with nutrients that boost my energy, fill me up without slowing me down, and surge my body with plant-based protein. They also happen to go perfectly with an almond milk latte. I think you'll be enjoying these as much as me this fall.

Enjoy!

Superfood Bars

Ingredients

  • 4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup flaxseeds
  • 1 cup goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 2½ smashed ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or sweetener of choice
  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ½ cup coconut oil
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Preparation

1. Heat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, chia, flax, goji, cinnamon, and sea salt. Make sure it's well-mixed. Set aside.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine mashed banana, vanilla, maple syrup or sweetener of choice, almond butter, and coconut oil. Once all is melted and mixed together, take off the stove and pour into dry mix.

3. Use coconut oil to grease a 9-by-9-inch baking dish. Press mixture into the bottom of the dish' the layer should be about ¾ inch thick. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes at 350°F. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from the pan.

4. Cut into squares and enjoy!

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Summer Sanders
Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders is the founder of Local Juicery in Sedona, AZ. She is a Certified Raw Food Chef, Sports Nutrition Specialist and is Certified by The National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. After working as a raw food instructor at the Matthew Kenney Culinary Institute in Santa Monica, California, Summer decided she was ready to venture out and start her own business, an endeavor that would help educate others on the benefits of cleansing and a plant-strong diet.

Since then, Summer has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from Hollywood celebrities to San Diego’s own Navy Seals. Summer works with all diet types and caloric needs to design meal plans and cleanses that are effective, efficient and easy to follow. She believes in cleansing from the inside out, she treats the body as a whole, looking at the mind, body and spirit.

Summer lives in Sedona, AZ with her Husband Mike and son Henry. When she’s not at Local Juicery pressing juice you’ll find her jogging with baby Henry, perusing the farmers markets, sweating it out at hot yoga or hanging with her family.