I've been wanting to make oat bars for forever now, but have never come across a recipe I’ve been sold on. So “Make Oat Bars” has remained on my To-Do list for quite some time. The other day, I was in the kitchen making my weekly batch of Rawnola, code for Raw Granola (recipe from Rachel Katz and can be found a few blog posts back), when I had an epiphany- With a few minor tweaks, this stuff would make the BEST doughy crust and that’s when it hit me- the Oat Bars I’d been wanting to make for way too long now. Why I had been putting them off suddenly made sense…I was meant to make them using the Rawnola as inspo (At least my taste buds feel that way about it).
So this week I finally got to it and these babies did not disappoint. I may be addicted and already planning on making another batch. They taste like something you’d find at a local bakery- I kid you not, but these are loaded with clean and nourishing ingredients, so you can enjoy them without any guilt and instead, a BIG smile on your face.
To make (makes 8-10 bars):
First layer (the crust):
1 cup walnuts
1 cup organic oats
1 cup dates, pitted
1 tbsp. cashew butter
1 tbsp. coconut oil
Dash of cinnamon and pink Himalayan sea salt
De-pit and soak dates in warm water to soften, then add all listed ingredients to a food processor and pulse until well mixed and a dough forms
In a 6 x 6 pan cover the bottom with the crust using your hands, and spread evenly
Second layer (Berry-Jam goodness):
2 cups organic berries (I used raspberries and strawberries)
¼ cup salba chia seeds
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 stevia packet
In a stove top pan, add all ingredients (except chia seeds) and cook on medium heat until the fruit begins to break down (about 5-10 minutes)
Reduce heat, lightly mash the fruit with the back of a spatula, and add in the Salba chia seeds
Cook for about 10-15 more minutes (stirring occasionally) until it starts to thicken into a jam-like consistency
Turn off the heat and set aside to cool
Once cooled, pour on top of the crust, spread evenly and add third layer (see below)
Third layer (lots of crumble):
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
½ cup crushed raw walnuts
¼ cup unsweetened coconut shreds
Mix listed ingredients together in a bowl, and evenly distribute on top of the berry-jam layer
Put in the fridge for an hour and then cut into 2” x 2” bars and ENJOY!
I've enjoyed these bars as dessert and as morning breakfast with a cup of Tulsi Chai tea and both ways hit the spot! If you make this recipe, I hope you LOVE it as much as I do. Let me know what you think of it below xx.
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