these are a lot of fun to make and chock-full of good stuff. i tend to keep’em around the house for a filling and healthy afternoon snack. try topped with peanut butter for extra energy. recipe adapted from the Oh She Glows blog.
Prep Time: 15 min | Bake Time: 35 min | Yields: 9 – 12 squares
- 2.5 cups regular rolled oats (not instant oats), divided
- 3 tbsp chia seed
- 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash of allspice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1.5 cups almond milk (or other milk)
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener – I’ve used agave syrup recently)
- 2 tbsp nut or seed butter
- 1 banana, chopped small
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 handfuls craisins
- nuts, chocolate chips, or anything else you’d like to toss in!
Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8 inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper.
In a blender or food processor, blend/process 1 cup of the oats until a flour forms. Or you can just use 1 cup of oat flour.
In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: oat flour, 1.5 cups rolled oats, chia, flax, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, any other spices. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: milk, syrup, nut/seed butter, banana, vanilla until no clumps remain. Add wet to dry and stir until combined. Add dry sweetener to taste if desired. Fold in any nuts or dried fruit that you desire.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and smooth out. Bake for 35-40 minutes until lightly golden along edge and it springs back slowly when touched. Baking time may vary. Place pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes, carefully remove, and cool on rack before slicing.