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Oat Clusters
Oat Clusters

This is a Well Your World community favorite. It’s hard to scroll through our group feed without seeing photos of oat clusters. I make five times the batch and freeze them so I always have a snack ready. I sneak them into the movie theater, take them on the airplane, and enjoy them as an after-dinner snack with a glass of nondairy milk.

2 tablespoons ground flax seed OR ¼ cup apple sauce

2 cups rolled oats

2 ripe bananas

6-8 Deglet dates, pitted

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup nuts (such as almonds or walnuts; optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 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.

2. 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.

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

4. Use your clean hands to make 1-2-inch balls, or cookies, or whatever you like. I recommend flattening them a little so they don’t roll all over the place. Drop these onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 20 minutes. Flip the clusters over and bake for 10-20 minutes more (shorter for a softer finish and longer for a dryer finish).

Photo by Laura Myers

Dillon Holmes
Dillon Holmes

Dillon Holmes began the Well Your World YouTube channel and Facebook group to provide support and camaraderie for people transitioning to and maintaining a health-promoting lifestyle. Although learning how to live this way is obviously very important, what Dillon felt was missing was a place to come together to celebrate our successes and vent about our challenges. His videos include cooking demos, Q&A sessions, and relaxed chats covering topics such as social pressures and calorie density. He also offers a biweekly LIVE interactive cooking show that you can learn more about at Join him in the Well Your World Facebook group at Head to and search “Well Your World,” plus the name of each of his recipes here to enjoy a cooking video.

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