It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, so here’s one that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. I got the idea actually from a friend’s Facebook page; she’s a fitness and health coach who advocates as I do, a mostly whole foods approach to diet. On her page, she showed a picture of her young son demolishing a baked oatmeal bar, and in her comments she added, “It’s the perfect low glycemic option and high in fiber…….”
Admittedly, my bars probably don’t meed the same standards as hers (she didn’t post her recipe so I have no way of comparing), but I am taking a guess since the glycemic and fiber profile of mine are not quite as favorable. However, on the plus side, they are much more nutritionally dense than commercial bars – they contain less sugar, healthy fats, and 4g of protein per slice -.and they’re perfect for rushed on-the-go breakfast snacks or mid-afternoon energy slumps. Give them a try and see what you think!
- ½ cup cashew butter (soak raw cashews in hot water for at least an hour and then pulse into a butter)
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1/8 cup raw honey and
- 1/8 cup agave
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
- ¾ cup Bob’s Redmill gluten free one-to-one flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 inch baking pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together the cashew butter, coconut sugar, honey and agave, egg, coconut oil, and vanilla until fully combined.
- Add in the oats, flour, salt, and baking soda and mix until combined. Add the chocolate chips and fold into the batter.
- Spread the batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Allow to cool in the pan, then cut into bars and store in a sealed container (they freeze well too).