Fruit & Oat Bars
Our gluten-free fruit and oat bars make a fabulous snack or quick breakfast treat.
I found a version of this recipe in Neil Bernard’s book, Power Foods for the Brain. I changed it up a bit, as it wasn’t completely gluten-free, and added a few of my own twists. This is a quick, easy recipe. The fruit part is interchangeable, use any healthy jam you love – or make your own from fresh seasonal fruits instead.
These gluten-free fruit and oat bars are a fun pick-me-up, or a great after school snack for the kids. At the holidays- use your favorite homemade cranberry sauce for the filling or mashed pumpkin with a little cinnamon and maple syrup for the filling. It’s fun to keep those holiday kitchen smells! Our favorite filling is apricot or blueberry jam. This adds a great sweetness with little sugar. (Use a good healthy, whole fruit jam- not your typical sugar loaded jar in the grocery aisle!)
You need: (Make sure all ingredients are gluten free!)
1 banana- smashed ½ cup chickpea flour or organic brown rice flour
2/3 cup all natural applesauce 2 T ground flax seed
¼ cup real maple syrup 2 cups gluten-free oats
1 t. pure vanilla extract 2 t. cinnamon
2 T pure olive oil pinch of sea salt
1 cup of your favorite all-fruit jam ½ t. guar gum
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl. In another bowl, mash the banana. Then add the applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla extract and olive oil to the banana. Stir well to incorporate.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and carefully stir until combined.
Lightly oil an 8 x 8 glass pan. Scoop 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the pan, spreading it out evenly. Spoon the fruit jam, or your filling, on top and spread across the mixture. Gently sprinkle the rest of the dough on top of the fruit. Try to spread it out evenly – it doesn’t have to be completely covering the fruit.
Bake for 30 minutes, until slightly browned on top. Cool in the pan and cut into bars. The flavor is better after they have cooled completely and rested a bit. Ours never last the day! Enjoy!