Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

19 Mar

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Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE hot cereal (especially now as I can tolerate GF oats, and quinoa cereal – YUM!).  I was just getting a little tired of having hot cereal for breakfast, so what’s a gal to do?  Bake up some oatmeal bars!  These are beyond simple, moist, & scrumptious (not to mention filling!).  Plus, this recipe can be made in your food processor (easy peasy!)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups GF oat flour (don’t have oat flour on hand but have GF oats?!  Add 2 1/4 Cups of oats to your food processor or high speed blender and zap it until the oats turn into a fine flour!)
  • 1/4 Cup firm coconut oil
  • 1/4 Cup maple syrup
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum OR ground chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional add-ins: 1/2 Cup chocolate chips and/or nuts of choice (walnuts would be a delish addition!), top with nut butter of choice
  • Chocolate Sauce Drizzle:
    • 1 Cup non-dairy milk (I had hemp milk on hand)
    • 1/2 Cup dark cocoa powder
    • 3-5 Tablespoons maple syrup (depends on how sweet you’d like it!)
    • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  In your food processor add  your bananas, coconut oil, maple syrup, and puree until smooth.  Add in your GF oat flour, baking powder, xanthan gum, ground cinnamon & nutmeg, vanilla extract into your food processor & whip until fully combined.  If you’re adding chocolate chips/nuts, fold them in once your batter is blended! IMG_5162s
  2. Grease a 9 x 9 baking dish (I used coconut oil).  Pour your bar batter into your greased baking dish and pop it in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until top is golden and it passes the toothpick test!  Insert a toothpick into the center and if it pulls out clean, it’s ready!IMG_5164s IMG_5166s IMG_5181s
  3. While your bars are baking let’s prepare some chocolate syrup!  I love dark cocoa, but feel free to use regular cocoa 🙂 . This recipe makes extra sauce, so put the leftovers in a glass jar (or Tupperware) and it will store in your fridge for a month.  To prepare the chocolate syrup add your non-dairy milk and whisk in your cocoa powder, maple syrup, and salt; constantly whisking for 3-5 minutes.  Pour your sauce into a heat-proof container and let cool.  Transfer to your jar/Tupperware and store in your fridge (it’s great on fruit, waffles, pancakes, or by itself 😉 ).
  4. Once your bars are done baking drizzle with chocolate syrup (and/or nut butter if using) & serve these scrumptious babies up!
  5. Enjoy eating whole!IMG_5186s IMG_5192s IMG_5198s

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