Sophisticated Savories

Sophisticated Savories

Friday, May 3, 2013

Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars

Baked Oatmeal Snack Bars

You know when you allow oatmeal to stand by its lonesome for a few minutes, after freshly making it and pouring it into a bowl? 


Not exactly the most appetizing in texture or flavor.

Since mornings can be rushed, why not make your own, healthy oatmeal bars - sans preservatives, artificial flavors or additives?

Easy recipe -

2 cups of rolled oats (not quick-cook)
1 cup of roasted/toasted nuts - think almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, etc.
1/3 cup of toasted seeds - pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, etc.
If you chose to add in dried fruits, this will boost the level of sugar per bars - however, a little bit goes a long way - cranberries, raisins, dates, papaya, apricots, etc. Coconut is another brilliant addition.
3 tsp cinnamon
3 tsp Madagascar Vanilla bean paste
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups of skim milk or vanilla almond milk
2 egg yolks
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl, then mix all wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour wet into dry and stir to combine. Pour into a 9 by 9 baking dish - lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until golden brown on the surface. Allow to cool, then cut into squares and enjoy!

In order to sweeten naturally, without the addition of dried fruits, I would recommend a tablespoon of either Stevia or Truvia - both natural sources of sweetness, from the Stevia plant.

Easy to transport - simply place in plastic bas and throw in purse/briefcase. To keep, wrap with plastic wrap and store in freezer… when prepared to enjoy, either pop in microwave or allow to unthaw naturally.

"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease" - Thomas A Edison

Love y'all! ♥

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