Oats are a staple ingredient in many homes around the globe. In particular, rolled oats have become a popular flour substitute as they are naturally wheat/gluten free. Grind rolled oats to a fine mill to use when making bars, cookies, muffins and more. Today’s blog post shares one of my favourite ways to use rolled oats. These gluten/dairy free cranberry-oat bars are so simple and nutritious!
Why oats are so nutritious…
Oats are a great source of carbs; helping boost energy! They’re high in antioxidants and beta-glucan fibre; a fibre that helps lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar levels, and increase good gut bacteria. Additionally, they’re high in protein, good fats, minerals, and B Vitamins! Not to mention, they have anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties, helping sooth and calm skin irritation and inflammation –you can eat them and wear them too!
You can never go wrong with food that’s tasty AND good for you! So let’s dig in; these oat bars are wholesome, flavourful, healthy and super versatile. I’ve added dried cranberries and some dark chocolate chips but feel free to go with the flow and add whatever dried fruits/nuts your heart desires.
Oh, did I mention, if you’re a fan of the Starbucks Oat Bar you’ll absolutely love these (maybe even more!).
Cranberry Oat Bar Recipe
- 2 cups organic gluten free oat flour
- 1 cup organic gluten free old fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp fine pink salt
- ½ cup vegan butter
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup high grade maple syrup
- 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
- ¼ cup organic dried cranberries
- ½ cup dairy free chocolate chips
- ½ cup crushed walnuts or pecans ¼ cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- Grease or line 9×9 baking bane with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, combine oat flour, oats, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a small saucepan on medium, melt butter, sugar, honey (about 10 min).
- Once melted, add in almond milk and vanilla to saucepan. Mix well and remove from heat.Pour into the oat mixture and combine thoroughly.
- Fold in optional additions.
- Place batter into 9×9 greased or lined baking pan. Press down firmly and evenly. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes (until you see the top start to brown).
- Remove from oven. While still in baking pan, place on wire rack to cook for 10minutes. Remove from baking pan, let cool for another 10 minutes. Cut square in half and then four on each side to make eight bars or cut into sixteen squares.
- *I recommend using at least 2 of the “optional additions” to the recipe
- Resting time is important. Make sure to let cool before cutting or they may be slightly delicate and crumbly at first.
- These bars last 4-5 days at room temperature or a week in the fridge. They will harden in the fridge but will taste just as good!
How do you enjoy eating oats? What spices or natural sweeteners do you like to use when baking oat goodies? Share in the comment section or with me on social media.
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