Confession: I despise cold weather.  Every winter, I consider uprooting my family and moving to the tropics for this reason. Yet, there is something positive about the Fall and Winter, and that is the delicious spices of the season!  This recipe has a unique twist of carminative spices like cinnamon, clove and a big punch of ginger to give gut flora a healthy boost with a festive flavor. This pairs well with winter squash or salad greens, or even a steamed sweet potato. (more…)

Making healthy snacks instead of purchasing them can truly extend a grocery bill! While I do prefer more than anything to make homemade Lara bars for my children or for myself, this recipe includes oats and ripe bananas to further extend our grocery budget and offer a less-fat, higher-fiber snack. Oats are naturally gluten free, but for true gluten allergies, you will want to make sure that you purchase oats with a certified Gluten Free oats to ensure no cross-contamination in the processing facilities.

Banana Oat Bars

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Sweet enough for dessert, healthy enough for breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond butter (nut allergy? Substitute coconut oil or cocoa butter instead)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or coconut nectar
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 3 cups organic oats, coarsely ground
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all the wet ingredients (peanut butter, agave, mashed bananas)
  3. Add the dry ingredients (oats, cinnamon, sea salt) until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour container into an 8×8 glass dish (no need to pre-grease)
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, until the edges reach a golden brown color.
  6. Allow to set for 10 minutes before cutting into bars. Makes 16 square bars.
  7. Enjoy! Store at room temperature in a covered container or well-sealed bag.