It's so difficult to come across authentically healthy, natural nutrition bars. Even the ones sold at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods aren't completely natural. I wanted to make my own health bars at home as a result--bars that actually made me feel full and healthy--so I decided to bake some using oatmeal! Yes, opt out of flour and opt in with oatmeal. For vegans and those with gluten allergy, you will sing, "Hallelujah" on this note. But what adds to the fun of baking in the kitchen is the cute apron you can wear. My mom has always been a fan of Williams Sonoma goods, so I naturally gravitate towards Williams Sonoma products as well, and I find the coffee icons apron rather adorable. My mom, on the other hand, owns the classic apron, oven mit, and pot holder in pink. This is such a Julia Childs moment!
Speaking in the best cheery Julia voice, "The recipe's quite simple, and I want to share it with you." My recipe, which has no added sugar or butter, may lack that unnatural rich taste, but it's delicious in its own way.
1 1/2 cups rolled oats (Earnest Eats Mayan Blend--has pepitas, cashews, almonds) 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I prefer walnuts) 1/2 - 3/4 cup medjool dates/cranberry raisins 1/4 cup sesame seeds 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp kosher salt 1/2 cup half-and-half + 3/4 cup black sesame soymilk (you can use almond milk if you don't like the soy taste or if you're vegan) 1 egg (substitute unsweetened applesauce for egg if you're vegan) 1 tsp ginger (you can buy already grated ginger in bottles)
Mix the dry ingredients together first, and then mix the liquid ingredients together. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Using your hands, mix the two and continue doing so until the combination becomes clumping together.
Pre-heat for 5 minutes in 350 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes in 350 degrees. Take the pan out of the oven and let it cool for a bit, and if you decide you want it harder rather than moist, then place it back into the oven for another couple minutes.
Also, if you don't like the organic taste of the bar, you can lightly coat the bars with a thin layer of honey or almond butter while it's warm so that the coating hardens.
Hope you enjoy! :) Yum.
Love, Pristine Christine