Hello you beauties! Healthy oat bars are the latest hit, at least that's what I've seen quite a bit recently on social media. Now add some chocolate to it and a star has been born. This oat bar recipe doesn't require any oil (as per your request), it doesn't require any nuts (as per your request) and it doesn't require any sugar either (you also asked for this). What it does need is some TLC, a few ripe bananas, tasty rice and coconut milk (my favourite is Provamel's version) and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Now I know some of you can't bare bananas, so you can use apple sauce instead or apple baby puree (they are the cleanest thanks to no added sugar or additives) The "chocolate" is created by blending some dates with water and carob or raw cacao powder or alternatively cocoa powder. I personally love carob, but know it is not easy to find. Well now that we know all the ingredients, it is time to get baking.
Ah one more thing, loads of you ask where to get gluten-free oats. To tell the truth, all oats are gluten-free, but because most of them are made in the same factories as wheat products they can't be classified as gluten free. So unless you are coeliac I wouldn't worry about it too much.
Inspiration : Running with Spoons
- 3 cup oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ cup coconut rice milk (I used Provamel)
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1 cup soft pitted dates
- ⅓ cup carob or raw cacao powder
- ¼ - ⅓ cup water depending on how soft your dates are
- Start by preheating the oven to 190 degrees and line up your square baking dish with baking paper
- Next get a bowl and mix together the oats, cinnamon and baking powder.
- Get another bowl, mash up bananas and add milk.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and combine well. Put the oat mixture in the baking dish, but leave some out to use as a topping. Press down firmly.
- Now let's make the chocolate by placing dates and carob into a food processor and pulse. Add water slowly until you a get paste consistency.
- Spread the chocolate on the top of the oats and crumble the rest of the oat mixture on top.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and let it cool down before devouring.
These healthy chocolate oat bars are a fantastic breakfast option to set the tone for the day, great mid morning snack or afternoon treat to go along with your green tea cuppa. Enjoy!