January 21, 2012

Gooey Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

I was on a mission this weekend to find an easy, healthy snack that my friends and their kids would love.  Something easy, yummy, and transportable for my friends with kids on-the-go.  I found this basic recipe on one of my favorite vegan cooking websites, and decided to "jazz" these up to make them more kid friendly.

Enter chocolate chips.

This recipe is incredibly easy and also quite versatile - you can add in whatever you're feelin'!  Make a double batch and freeze them individually for on-the-go snacks!

Gooey Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
Prep Time:  10 min
Cook Time: 40-45 min
Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups regular rolled oats (not instant oats) divided
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or other plant-based milk)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (you could probably sub honey)
  • 2 tbsp nut or seed butter (I used almond butter)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup dried dates/raisins/or any other dried fruit
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8-inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper (or just spray with non-stick cooking spray).
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup of the oats into flour.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients - oat flour, 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, baking powder, salt, cinnamon.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients - milk, syrup, nut/seed butter, banana, vanilla - until no clumps remain.
  5. Add wet to dry and stir until combined  Fold in the chocolate chips and dried fruit.
  6. Pour mixture into pan and smooth out.  Bake for 40-45 min until lightly golden brown along the edges and springs back slowly when touched.  
  7. Place pan on cooling rack for at least 10 min, then carefully remove and allow to cool completely before slicing.
Gooey Oatmeal Chocolate Bars....Mmmm


Now have one of these, make a nice, hot cup of tea, put on those warm fuzzy socks, turn on the fire and enjoy this snowy, icy day!!

Love and Kale,
Ali

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