Blueberry Brain Breakfast Bars

Blueberry Brain Breakfast Bars

June Is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 

https://www.alz.org/abam/overview.asp

Nutritious foods are a great way to keep your brain in tip top shape. We like that the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging us to go purple this month, because our purple/blue fruits are especially rich in brain boosting nutrients.

Typical store-bought granola bars contain refined sugars and artificial colors and ingredients and often have added chocolate chips and marshmallows that may create brain fog.  

This recipe does not contain those ingredients. In fact, instead it provides nutrients that may support a healthy brain. For example….

It contains oats

Oats are considered complex carbohydrates, the good carbohydrates that are the primary fuel for your brain. 

They may improve memory and provide a steady stream of energy throughout the day to keep your brain alert.

It contains blueberries

There has been a lot of research lately on how blueberries may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. 

This is because they contain anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect brain cells from damage. Wild blueberries have the highest amount!

It contains flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are rich in Omega 3’s that may be associated with slower rates of decline in memory and speed or the ability to quickly process new information in certain individuals. 

Omega 3’s are super important to help babies brains grow and develop which is why most formulas are fortified with it. 

Blueberry Brain Breakfast Bars

Serves 9 

Ingredients: 

Mix together dry ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats, not quick cook

¾ cup dried blueberries OR wild blueberries

2 tablespoons ground flax seed

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Add:

¼ cup almond or coconut oil

1/4 cup pure maple syrup and 1/4 cup brown rice syrup  

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 pinches sea salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. 

Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Place oats, blueberries, ground flax seed and cinnamon into a large bowl and stir until combined. 

Add in oil and stir.

Add in maple syrup and brown rice syrup and stir again.

Add vanilla extract and salt and stir until all the oats are coated. 

Pour into the parchment paper in the baking pan and press and level with leftover parchment paper.  

Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden and it feels slightly crisp to the touch. 

Let cool in the pan completely (cooling overnight is best).

Slice into 9-12 bars. 

Bars will keep in an airtight container, at room temperature for 4 days.