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Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Bites That Make Every Morning Better

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Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and contain nutrients that have been shown to promote heart health and maybe even prevent wrinkles. Basically, blueberries are a nutritionally dense superfood, so don't hesitate to incorporate more of them into your diet.

If you're looking for a fun way to use some of your fresh blueberries, we've got just the recipe for you: these baked blueberry coconut oatmeal bites.

Made with heart-healthy oats and almond butter, these bites are sweetened with brown rice syrup and get a kick of coconut from both shredded coconut and a touch of coconut oil. These bites are dairy-free and gluten-free, and you can enjoy them as a breakfast on the go, as a snack, or even as a healthy dessert.

Baked Blueberry Coconut Oatmeal Bites

Makes 18

Ingredients

1/3 cup almond butter

1/3 cup brown rice syrup (maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey can also be used)

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon dairy-free milk, such as almond or cashew

2 cups dry oats

1/3 cup shredded coconut

2 tablespoons hemp hearts

2/3 cup ripe blueberries

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the almond butter, brown rice syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, and nut milk. Stir often until mix is smooth and well combined.
  3. Meanwhile, place 1 1/2 cups of the oats in a large bowl. Add in the shredded coconut, hemp hearts, blueberries, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Once the wet ingredients are melted, pour the mixture into the oat bowl. Use an immersion blender* to mix the ingredients together. The goal is to combine everything while also mashing up some of the blueberries and oats.
  5. Use a wooden spoon to mix in the remaining 1/2 cup of oats. Combine evenly into the mixture.
  6. Use a cookie scooper or spoon to form 18 bites on the cooking sheet.
  7. Bake until lightly browned, around 14 minutes. Allow to slightly cool before enjoying. Store in a sealed bag or plastic container.

*If you don't own an immersion blender, you can use a food processor or a high-speed blender. Just make sure to not process the mixture too much. You want some fruit chunks in there!

Nutrition stats per bite: 110 calories, 5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 13g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g protein

 

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