Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pretty Healthy Oat Bars (no white flour)

WARNING - These are a work in progress.  They didn't stick together well.  I am going to try using spelt instead of the ground oats and see if that works better.

2 cubes butter, softened
1 cup canola oil
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup honey
2 T milled flax seed
1 T chia seeds
9 T water
1 T dehydrated peanut butter
Orange essential oil
3 cups ground oats (or other flour)
3 1/2 cups oats
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup shredded coconut
1-1½ cups chocolate chips
½ cup chopped pecans

Mix the butter, canola, honey and sugars.  In a little bowl, mix the flax and chia seeds with the water and mix well.  Add to the big bowl.  Add peanut butter, essential oil, ground oats, oats and baking soda and mix well.  Add coconut, chocolate chips and pecans.  Bake at 375 degrees in greased pan until done if you want thicker bars.  I had a hard time making sure they were completely done without getting too crusty so the next time I tried putting a thin layer of batter on a cookie sheet and made really, really thin cookie type bars.  If you make these as cookies, they are pretty dang flat and run together but you can sort of re-form them with the spatula and they still taste good.  But they are delicious though!

Could be used for a on-the-go breakfast if you take out the chocolate chips and use dried fruit or more nuts instead.  You can't really taste the peanut butter much but I wanted to add more protein.  Also, if you didn't have the milled flax seed and chia seeds, you could use 3 eggs instead and eliminate the flax and chia seeds and the water.

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