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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Banana Oat Bars and Eat to Live Announcement

So Amir and I decided that a vegan, plant strong diet just wasn't restrictive enough! We are going to try the Eat to Live program for the next six weeks, starting on April 1. Eat to Live advocates pretty much the same foods that we eat now but recommends cutting way back on grains, pastas, starchy vegetables and cereal. I think that will be so good for me (although I'm kind of dreading it) because when I'm not actually physically hungry, I totally snack on those food items--bread, potatoes, cereal. Wish us luck!

Anyway, we thought we would get ready for this challenge by testing some of the recipes from the book. I modified this one because the first time I made it they came out kind of dry. The second time I made these bars they were moist and delicious!

Ingredients:
2 very ripe bananas
2 cups quick cook rolled oats (I used 1.5 cups of rolled oats and .5 cups of cracked oats for this second batch)
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce (I used a single serve applesauce container, which was slightly more than1/4 cup)

Mash the bananas and mix everything together in a large bowl. Press into a baking pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350. Let it cool and then cut into bars or squares. That's it--pretty easy!

Notes: In the Eat to Live book they say you can also add 1 T date sugar. I have no idea what date sugar is so I don't add it. Also, they say you can do chopped dates or raisins. It came out better with the dates, in my opinion.

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