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Oat Bars: Episode Two

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Over the past few months since I made my first Snack Bars (Oat and Sesame Snack Bar) I have been obsessed with making them and tweaking my recipe every time. Making your own Granola bars is such a great alternative to the store bought ones not only are they better tasting they are way more healthy. This particular version is one of the more recent ones I have made and it was my favorite so far so I thought I would share the recipe here.


Makes 16 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ squares

2 Bananas; When ripe freeze until completely frozen (overnight or longer) and then defrosted this creates a extra smooth banana paste that holds

2 Cups Rolled Oats

3 Tbsp Wheat Germ

2 Tbsp Flax Seeds

1/4 Cup Pecans Chopped

1/4 Cup Almonds Chopped

1/4 Cup Dates Chopped into small pieces

3 Tbsp Goji Berries

1/2 Tsp Vanilla

1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt

2 Tsp Agave

1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Coconut oil for greasing the pan

6 x6 baking pan

Large Bowl

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Pre heat oven to 350F degrees and grease your baking pan with the coconut oil

Mash up the banana in the bowl until it is a paste

Add in all other ingredients except for the brown sugar

Once all of the mixture is thoroughly incorporated pour out into the greased pan and pat down so it reaches the edges of the pan and is uniform in thickness.

Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the oat squares uniformly

Place in the preheated oven for 30-45 minutes until the edges of the oatmeal squares start to brown.

Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Turn out the bars onto a cutting board and cut into 16 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ pieces.

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Baked Maple Espresso Oatmeal

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I made this recipe because I signed up to be a tester for the weekly recipe contest on Food 52.com. The entry for Maple Espresso Baked Oatmeal sounded delightful and the perfect accompaniment to my morning greek yogurt so I decided to volunteer to test it. I really enjoyed the results of the recipe and I would suggest it to anyone wanting a quick and tasty addition to their breakfast.

I followed the recipe pretty much to the T the only changes were I used dried cranberries and cold eggs I did not see why the eggs needed to be at room temperature and it turned out just fine with the cold eggs. I also used a half and half mixture of Syrup and Honey since I ran out of syrup which still yielded a just sweet enough final product.

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I really enjoyed the results of this recipe and will defiantly be making it again with a few modifications and additions. I plan on adding some Flax Seed, Wheat Bran, and Sunflower Seeds to make it extra nutritious and tasty.

In mine I used the following:

2oz Butter

1Tsp Salt

1Tbsp Powdered Espresso

1/4 Cup Agave Maple Syrup

1/4 Cup Honey

2/3 Cups Milk

3 Eggs

1 cup Chopped Pecans

3/4 Cranberries

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Oat Bars: Episode One

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I have been trying to eat better at work and avoid unnecessary snack trips for unhealthy and expensive snacks during the day, so while pursuing the web looking at different recipes for granola type bars I could make I ran into the  4 Ingredient Banana Nut Bars from The Kitchn. I liked how simple the recipe was so I went to work making some with what I happened to have on hand in my kitchen on that particular day, which happened to be Oats, bananas, Coconut Flakes, and dried blueberries. While the original recipe did not include any egg my mix seemed a bit dry so I threw one in to help bind everything together and add a bit of extra protein into the mix. From that first round of bars I have started to experiment with different additions and subtractions to switch it up and find what I like best.

Regardless if you follow the orignal inspiration recipe or my version below these snack bars are quick to make and great as a quick, healthy and filling breakfast, snack during the day, or as a pre gym energy snack.

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Makes about 16  1 1/2″ squares

This Recipe makes a particularly dense bar which is why I suggest cutting them into such small pieces. You can make them less dense by adding some chopped dried fruit to the mix. Either way they are filling, healthy and tasty. I used powdered peanut butter because it has less fat than regular peanut butter but feel free to substitute the normal stuff in its place. This recipe is very forgiving so feel free to experiment and substitute ingredients as you see fit for your tastes and pantry contents.

8oz Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

1 Ripe Yellow Plantain (about 5oz)

2 Ripe Bananas (about 6oz)

1 Large egg

2oz Chopped Almonds

1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Sesame Seeds

1 Tsp Blue Agave

1 Tsp + 1/2 Tsp of Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt

2 Tsp Powdered Peanut Butter (available at Health Food Stores)

Preheat your oven to 350°F

In a large bowl mash together the Bananas and Plantain making sure there are no large chunks in the mix. (When I made mine the Bananas and the Plantain were still a bit hard so I sliced them into pieces before mashing to help incorporate, by nature the plantain is less soft than the banana but the mix comes together with enough man power)

Once the Banana and Plantain are mashed up add the egg, powdered peanut butter, 1 tsp of the Cinnamon (save the rest for the top of the bars), Blue Agave, and Salt. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated.

Add in the Oats, Chopped Almonds, and 1tsp of the Sesame (save the rest for the top of the bars) and mix well.

Once everything is incorporated turn out the mix into a non stick or grease 7×7 (or 6×6) baking pan.

Sprinkle the top of the bars with the remaining sesame seeds and cinnamon.

Bake for about 30 minutes until the mix is solid and has browned.Let cool for about 10 minutes in the pan on a cooling rack then turn the bars out of the pan on to the rack and allow them to cool completely.

Cut into 16 pieces and enjoy!

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