Banana Bread Energy Bars from The Thrive Diet 10th Anniversary

Serves 12

10 Minute Prep Time

By Brendan Brazier on May 10, 2017 , categorized in Breakfast, Snacks

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It’s hard to believe that Vega co-founder Brendan Brazier’s international bestseller The Thrive Diet was released 10 years ago. Luckily for us, he’s released a new edition: The Thrive Diet, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Plant-Based Whole Foods Way to Staying Healthy for Life. In celebration, we’re sharing one of our favorite recipes from this edition.

Cinnamon and nutmeg combined with banana give this bar the taste of traditional banana bread, in a nutrient dense, convenient form.

Recipe image courtesy Erin Ireland.

Recipe appears in: The Thrive Diet, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Plant-Based Whole Foods Way to Staying Healthy for Life By Brendan Brazier by Penguin Canada (in Canada) and Hachette Book Group (in the United States).


  • 1 small banana
  • ¾ cup fresh or soaked dried Medjool dates
  • ½ cup puffed millet
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup ground sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Sea salt to taste


  1. In a food processor, process all ingredients until desired texture is reached.

  2. Remove mixture from the food processor and put on a clean surface. There are two ways to shape the bars: You can roll the mixture into several balls, or shape it into bars.

  3. To shape into balls, use a tablespoon or your hands to scoop the mixture. Roll mixture between the palms of your hands to form a ball.

  4. To shape as bars, flatten  the mixture  on a clean surface with  your hands. Place plastic wrap over top; with a rolling pin, roll mixture to desired bar thickness. Cut mixture into bars.

  5. Store in fridge or freezer until ready  to enjoy.

Brendan Brazier

Formulator and Co-Founder of Vega, Brendan Brazier is a former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. He is now a successful performance nutrition consultant, the bestselling author of the Thrive book series and formulator of the award-winning line of plant-based Vega nutritional products.