Recipe: Banana Bread Oat Bars

Yumm …. OAT BARS! 

I’ve been making oat bars like these for quite some time. It’s taken me a while to perfect the recipe and I want to share it with you now!

To me this is the perfect breakfast: low sugar (you control how sweet you make them), whole grain, low glyceamic and delicious! These are perfect for on-the-go – you can put the loaf in the fridge and cut a bar off in the morning and take it with you. Quicker than oatmeal!

This is a banana bread version, because … well … who doesn’t like banana bread?

And isn’t banana bread even better if its healthier?

How you ask?

Here’s how! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas (the riper the better)
  • 1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) coconut oil (softened)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup
  • 3 cups (400 g) organic oat flour (I got mine from K2 Milling)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • coconut oil to grease the pan

Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the wet ingredients (bananas, almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla extract, maple syrup) and mix until  smooth (medium speed).
  3. In  a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients (oat flour*, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg) and mix with a wooden spoon.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well. The batter will resemble a cake batter – moist and slightly runny.
  5. Using a pastry brush, grease the loaf pan with coconut oil.
  6. Using a rubber spatula (what a fun word) pour the batter into a greased loaf pan. I used this one here (about 12 x 5 inches).
  7. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Let cool for about one (you can speed this up by plopping the loaf out of the pan about 15 minutes after it sets).
  9. Cut into bars and refrigerate. I put mine in the fridge whole (for up to a week) and cut of a bar in the morning for breakfast. You can also freeze half the loaf (or the whole thing). Enjoy!

*You can make your own oat flour by grinding oats in a food processor or high-speed blender until fine.

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