Vegan Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Bars

As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post,  I have a thing for sweets. This recipe is so simple, I love it. You can adjust it to make it less sweet or more sweet – depending on your preference. It is limited to SEVEN ingredients. These are perfect for a pre-workout snack, with some coffee or tea, on-the-go, or for a yummy snack to pack in your kids’ lunchbox! (Just make sure to keep them in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator!)IMG_6681

I truly love making my own food from scratch. This way, I know exactly what my family and myself are eating, there are no surprises, and I save some money! If you purchase packaged goods at the store, I urge you to look into quick and simple recipes that you can make for yourself and your family (or subscribe to my blog for healthy and easy recipes!) Making your own food is a much healthier and cheaper option.

MapleSyrupYou’ll notice that this recipe calls for maple syrup – you can easily replace with with agave or your favorite sweetener. Keep in mind that maple syrup has a lower glycemic index score than cane sugar, meaning that “it impacts your blood sugar levels a bit less drastically than table sugar does.” It is also more natural and provides for a healthier option, especially because it contains some minerals and antioxidants.

If you try these out, let me know what you think! Tag me on Instagram @kathieariasfit and add #ForeverFitBites –  I’d love to see your remakes or hear of any modifications you made! Enjoy!

Vegan Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Bars

  • Servings: 16
  • Time: 1 hour (30 min prep, 30 min cook)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A vegan, healthy, and filling snack to satisfy any sweet tooth. Enjoy with tea, coffee, or by itself.


Ingredients

    Strawberry Jam
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Banana Oatmeal Bars

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions


Strawberry Jam
1. In a medium saucepan, add strawberries and maple syrup over medium heat. Once strawberries have been thawed (10-15 minutes), move to high-heat and bring to a boil and stir occasionally. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.
2. Add chia and vanilla extract to mixture and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and allow the jam to cool.

Banana Oatmeal Bars
1. Preheat oven to 375F
2. Line a 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper or spray baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
3. Use one cup of oatmeal to make into oat flour – using a blender or food processor. Add oat flour, rolled oats, and baking powder to mixing bowl and mix well.
4. Add in banana, maple syrum, and vanilla extract. Mix until a dough is formed.
5. Take 3/4 of the mixture and put into baking pan, pressing dough down into pan.
6. Spread strawberry jam over dough using a spatula or knife.
7. Using the rest of the mixture, sprinkle over the strawberry jam.
8. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top of the bars are golden brown. Remove from oven and cool down. Once cool, cut into bars and ENJOY!

Nutrition Per Cookie –  Carbs: 18 grams | Fat: 1 gram | Protein: 2 grams | Total Calories: 89


Maple Syrup Photo: Organic Facts

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