The need for this recipe in my house because of the man and the desire to start dabbling in healthy sweet snacks and desserts. We try to stay away from processed foods, so there is a need for a healthy dessert for the times we want something sweet and fruit won't cut it. This recipe stood out to me because of the fact she said it tastes like a nutrigrain bar. DONE. I love those things and haven't had one in ages. I also liked how easy it seemed (and is) it would be to make. .
This recipe originated from Oh She Glows, a vegan blog. I was tempted to make the vegan version, however I don't want to sue earth balance, I prefer to use an organic butter in my cooking. If you would like a vegan version, just use the same amount of Earth Balance. I took one shortcut, I went with the pre-made jam instead of making it myself. I do want to make these with the homemade jam one day. The other substitution the lack of Kamut flour was because I couldn't find it anywhere.
For Oat Base
- 1.5 cups regular oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup Bob's red mill all purpose baking flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea sald
- 1/2 cup Succanat sugar (can use brown sugar)
- 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds + 4 tbsp warm water, mixed)
- 1/2 cup organic unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp almond milk
- 2 1/4 cup chopped strawberries chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
- 3-4 tbsp sugar, to taste
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a pan with parchment paper. I used a 2 qt rectangular pan, but a square pan can be used.
- To make the strawberry jam, in a medium sized pot add the chopped strawberries and sugar. Heat over low until the strawberries begin to sweat and it gets a bit watery. Once it heats through, add in the chia seeds and stir well. Bring to a boil and simmer over low to medium heat for at least 10 minutes. Once it has thickened a bit, remove from heat and cool 5-10 min. You may add arrowroot powder to thicken if desired.
- In a small bowl, mix the chia egg and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the oat base dry ingredients (oats, flour, sucanat or brown sugar, baking soda, and salt). In a small bowl mix the oat base wet ingredients (melted butter or earth balance, maple syrup, almond milk, and chia) and stir well.
- Reserve 1/2 cup of the dry oat base mixture in a separate bowl.
- Mix the large portion of dry oat base to the wet oat base and mix well. Pour the oat mixture into the pan and press down with fingers. A pastry roller can be used to smooth if necessary.
- Pour the strawberry mixture or jam on top of the oats and smooth out. Sprinkle on the reserved 1/2 cup of oat mixture.
- Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Allow to fully cool 30-40 minutes before gently removing from pan. Slice and serve or store :)