Plant Based Recipes

Oat Clusters

A favorite from Health Science magazine. Make multiple batches and freeze extras to take on road trips or outdoor adventures.


  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed OR ¼ cup applesauce
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 6-8 Deglet dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cups nuts (such as almonds or walnuts; optional)



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl, stir together the flax seed with 4-5 tablespoons water and set aside.  If using apple sauce, skip this step.  Place the rolled oats into a medium bowl and set aside.

Add the bananas, dates, cinnamon and vanilla to a food processor and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.  Add the nuts, if using, and pulse a few times to break them up.

Add the flax-water mixture (or applesauce) and the banana mixture to the bowl of oats and stir well. 

Use your clean hands to make 1-2 inch balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten a little.  Bake 20 minutes.  Flip the clusters over and bake for 10-20 minutes more (shorter for a softer finish, and longer for a dryer finish). Enjoy!


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