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Rainbow Bars

Updated: Sep 24, 2022

I adapted this recipe from Dr. Joel Furman’s ‘Eat To Live Cookbook’ and use it regularly as a healthy snack for my family. They are similar in look to brownies but are chockful of goodness. I add a thin layer of dark chocolate on top for the kids and add some sprinkles, and call them 'Rainbow Bars' to make it more enticing. The best part is I get to sneak in beans for fiber and protein and walnuts and sunflower seeds for nutrients. Great idea for a healthier breakfast or mid-morning snack.


1cup black beans (cooked)

1 medium ripe banana

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup frozen blueberries (thawed)

¼ cup raisins

1/8 cup pomegranate juice

2 tbsp finely chopped dates

1 tbsp chopped walnuts

2 tbsp goji berries

2 tbsp raw sunflower seeds (not salted)

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

¼ cup dark chocolate chips (over 70% cocoa)

Sprinkles (optional)

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit

Puree beans in a food processor or high-powered blender. Add in bananas and puree slightly. Put in a bowl and add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Lightly coat an 8-inch square baking pan with olive oil. Spread mixture into the pan. Bake for 75 mins. If adding dark chocolate, heat the chocolate slightly and then spread a thin layer on top, when you first take them out of the oven. Shake on a small amount of sprinkles while chocolate is still warm so they stick.

Let cool and cut into bars, shapes, or rainbows J and store in the refrigerator.


Dr. Tanya O'Brien, ND

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