Easy Vegan Blueberry-Coconut Oat Bars

The gentle sweetness of brown sugar and berries make for a wonderful combo in these hearty oat bars from the Vegan-Ease cookbook. But feel free to swap the blueberries for raspberries, cherries, or strawberries for other fruity variations. 

What you need:

4 tablespoons golden flaxseeds
2 large ripe bananas
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons blueberry preserves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups rolled oats
¼ cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
1 cup fresh blueberries

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving 3 to 4-inch overhang on sides of pan.
  2. Into a high-speed blender, add flaxseeds and process into a very fine flour. Into a medium- sized bowl, add bananas, brown sugar, blueberry preserves, and vanilla, and mash into a chunky purée. Add ground flaxseeds, oats, and coconut; stir to combine. Gently fold in fresh blueberries.
  3. In prepared pan, evenly spread mixture. Score into 10 bars using a butter knife. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until slightly golden around edges. Remove from oven. Using parchment paper as handles, carefully lift bars out of pan in one piece. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Transfer bars to a cutting board and cut into 10 individual bars. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator. 
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