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Oats Time to Hit the Bar.

by caroline

I love oats and everything there is that is oat-y. One of my favorite ways to enjoy ‘em is in granola, like my peanut butter + coconut and chocolate macadamia granola recipes. I typically make a batch per week, changing up the ingredients to come up with new recipes or sticking to a tried-and-true favorite. In fact, I was about to make a batch yesterday when I decided that I wanted something different, something more in my oat life.

Like a bar.

The hardest part? Deciding which ingredients to use. I have so many good ones on my shelf (and in my cabinets) that it was tough to choose the combination I wanted to try first.

But I came up with this — hope you enjoy …

Health Nut Oat Bars (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

(Print me!)

  • 1-1/2 cups gluten-free oats
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dates (about 6 dates), pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

NOTES: I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oat Flour, Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes, Let’s Do Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut and So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8×8 baking dish by lining with parchment paper and brushing with safflower oil (on dish and parchment paper). Measure all dry ingredients (oats through salt) into a medium bowl and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl. measure safflower oil, maple syrup and coconut milk and stir to combine. Slowly add dry ingredients stirring to coat completely with wet mixture.

Scoop oat mixture into prepared pan, spreading evenly into the pan.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting and serving.

 

These bars are SO GOOD! I love how the oat flour gave them a lil’ bit of a cake-y texture, but the oats stay in control, delivering that granola-like taste that I adore. The best part about these bars? You can make ‘em your own.

Try this: Keep the gluten-free oats, quinoa flakes and oat flour. Then, get crazy: Add 2-1/4 – 2-1/2 of the dried fruit and nuts/seeds of your choice — walnuts, cashews, peanuts, raisins, cranberries, dried blueberries, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dates, dried apricots … even chocolate chips!  (In my recipe, that step covers the walnuts through the coconut.) After making that very tough decision, add the salt, safflower oil, maple syrup and coconut milk. And even here you can experiment — try agave or honey (if you are not a vegan) in place of the maple syrup and soy, rice, or hemp milk in place of the coconut milk.

GO WILD. And have fun!