Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a food processor, add the coconut, banana, apricots, prunes, chia, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda and tahini. Process until smooth.
Remove mixture from processor and place in a bowl.
To the bowl, add cranberries, ¼ cup sunflower seeds (reserve ¼ cup seeds for top) and old-fashioned oats. Mix well.
Pour the batter into prepared pan and spread all evenly with a spatula.
Sprinkle the top with ¼ cup of reserved sunflower seeds.
Bake for 18 minutes in preheated oven.
Cool for 3-5 minutes, then run a spatula around the edges of the pan.
Let stand for at least 10 minutes before cutting into bars.
Portion and wrap individually in saran wrap.
📖 Variations & SubstitutionsPitted Prunes - you can substitute datesDried Cranberries- you can substitute dried cherriesTahini: nut butter (almond, for example) or peanut butter🌡️StoringThey keep well in the fridge for 3 days and they freeze well and defrost pretty quickly. You can also defrost them in the microwave for 20 seconds. Aside from being free of just about everything allergy related or bad for you, these bars are also portable! And it's a great way to use up some of those frozen overripe bananas in your freezer! 💭 Top tipPeel your bananas BEFORE freezing them, then stick them in a ziplock baggie (you can cut them in half) and label them with the date. Yes, this seems like a no-brainer but I didn't think to do it for years (until a friend mentioned it) and would always have these frozen hockey puck-like bananas (with peel on) flying out of the freezer (they are awkward and slippery when frozen) and landing on my toes - ouch! Then I got minor frostbite whenever I had to peel them! This will make your life much easier. My Amazon Recommendations (affiliate links)
📋 Healthy Fruit & Oat Bar Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.