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Oats provide a gluten-free source of soluble fiber, an important nutrient for gut health. Oats are also a complex carbohydrate that provides your body with the energy it needs to function it’s best.
Bananas are a good source of fiber to help aid in gut health. They also contain potassium, a mineral important to heart health, and they also contain a variety of antioxidants to help reduce inflammation associated with PD.
Small-in-size but packed with nutrients, chia seeds are loaded with fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Fiber helps promote gut health, protein provides building blocks to help make new and healthy cells, and omega-3 fatty acids help to lower the risk of heart disease.
Almonds are an excellent source of protein, fiber, heart-healthy fats and vitamin E. The fiber may help keep the digestive system running smoothly while the vitamin E content can help lower inflammation.
Preheat Oven & Grease Pan Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Mix Chia Seeds & Almond Milk Mix chia seeds with almond milk and set aside for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chia seeds form a gel.
Combine Ingredients In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the chia gel, bananas and almond butter. Stir well. Mix in the remaining ingredients until combined.
Add Mixture to Pan Add mixture to the 8x8 baking pan, and evenly spread in the pan.
Bake & Let Cool Bake for 20 minutes, until firm and no longer wet in the middle. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on a cooling rack before cutting bars.
Omit the coconut; Replace the almond butter with sunflower seed butter; replace the almond milk with a nut-free milk.
Oats are naturally gluten-free, but for those with celiac disease look for a certified gluten-free version.
While preparing this recipe, try sitting on a stool to help conserve energy. Standing can often cause additional fatigue, especially while cooking.
Ask a friend or family member to help prepare this dish.
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