Grassroots & Green Juice

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While working in NYC, I discovered this little gem of a health bar, D’Vida, hidden inside the Credit Suisse building in the Flatiron District.  One of my favorite morning treats was to stop into D’Vida for a green juice and one of their breakfast bars – The Grassroots Bar.  

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Their breakfast bars were by no means considered “healthy,” but half a bar paired with juice was the perfect balance for breakfast.  I loved these bars, they were buttery (yeah, I said buttery) and sweetened with a hefty amount of brown sugar.  They were also balanced (sorta) – with oatmeal, zucchini, carrots, and raisins.  I loved these bars, so much so, that I was  very specific about which bar I chose from the case: it had to be a bar without corners and cut from the middle of the pan, relatively large compared to the others (since I was only eating half that day), and the most “square-like” I could find.

I begged the D’Vida employees to divulge the name of the bakery that made their bars, but no matter whom I asked, I was told the bars were made exclusively for D’Vida and the bakery would NOT be revealed.  Determined to recreate the bars at home, I hunted down Grassroots Bar recipes online.  After the trial and FAIL of multiple recipes, I knew the only way to have these bars at home would be through some experimental baking on my own.

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Luckily for me, D’Vida oh, so nicely provides the nutritional information for all of their baked goods, including the complete ingredient list! On one of my final mornings in NYC, I stopped into D’Vida, order my usual, and requested to see the nutritional information for the Grassroots Bar.  With a few quick snaps of my phone, I had the complete list of ingredients and just for good measure, I snapped a pic of my favorite juice combo, too – The Glow.

After settling into life in Austin, I began my experimental baking: Mission Grassroots.  Luckily for me, the experimental phase only lasted 3 rounds.  On the third trial, I successfully recreated a Grassroots bar that satisfied my craving for D’Vida’s original and even healthified the bar some in the process.  

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Yes, these bars have zucchini & carrots baked into them but if M<3 loves them – and by love, I mean eats them on an almost daily basis as his pre-gym, morning snack – then they’re good –  because this boy hates vegetables.

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ImageGrassroots Bars
(Adapted from D’Vida)

  • 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini, drained*
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots, drained*
  • 1/3 cup raisins, craisins, or dried tart cherries (or mixture)

 *After shredding, place the zucchini and carrots in a few paper or dish towels and press out all liquid.  Once pressed, then measure a 1/2 cup of each.  Pre-shredded or matchstick carrots can also be substituted and will not require pressing.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars.  Once creamed, add in the eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined.  Gradually add in the flour-oats mixture until thoroughly incorporated.

 Remove from mixer, and by hand, fold in the zucchini, carrots, and raisins.

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Once combined, pour into a a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Allow bars to cool completely before slicing.
(Makes 24 bars)

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ImageAnd just in case you want to re-create my favorite Green Juice…

 The Glow

  •  1 apple
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1-2 large stalks of kale
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 1 small handful parsley
  • 1 lemon, peeled

Place all ingredients into a juicer and juice. Pair with a Grassroots bar for a complete, well balanced breakfast!

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