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Brain Bar


As good sources of brain-fueling polyunsaturated fats, the nuts and seeds in these Brain Bars give it its name. Combined with the filling fiber of oats, these slightly sweet and savory protein-packed snacks will keep the satisfaction lasting.


1 1⁄4 cup
rolled oats
3⁄4 cup
chopped, pitted dates
3⁄4 cup
walnut halves
1⁄3 cup
dried cranberries or dried cherries
1⁄4 cup
shelled pumpkin seeds
3 tbsp
1⁄4 tsp
1⁄3 cup
unsalted almond butter or cashew butter
1⁄4 cup
1 medium
orange, zested
1⁄3 cup
dark chocolate chips


Add oats, dates and walnuts to a food processor and blend until contents are broken down into smaller pieces. Pulse in cranberries or cherries, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds and salt.

Add almond or cashew butter, honey and orange zest, and blend until the mixture is completely moist and sticks together when pressed between your fingers. If the mixture is too crumbly, blend in some additional honey. Pulse in chocolate chips.

Divide the mixture among 12 lightly greased or paper-lined standard-size muffin cups, and press down firmly to pack in the contents. Place tray in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm molds. Unmold the cups and store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Brain Bar


SourceRecipe adapted by Elizabeth Potter, Bastyr University 2015-16 dietetic intern, from Matthew Kadey, MS, RD, Aug. 2014.
Prep time
10 minutes
Cooking time
Total time
10 minutes