Remember how I mentioned that I know I’ve made a really good recipe when I can’t get through my photoshoot without nibbling and snacking on the food I’m photographing? Well, these baked oatmeal bars passed the test. As a matter of fact, they passed so well that I had to remake the batch a few times because I couldn’t stop eating them and I didn’t have enough left to photograph!
I love oatmeal for so many reasons. #1: it keeps you full all morning (especially if you add in a nice blog of nut butter, which of course, I always do). #2: you can mix it up however you want. Cow’s milk or almond milk, almonds or cashews, raisins or fresh berries, the list goes on! #3: you can eat it hot or cold (helloooo overnight oats!) #4: it is damn delicious.
On mornings when I don’t have the time to fix myself a proper bowl of steaming oats in the mornings (or I didn’t prepare any overnight oats the night before), grabbing one of these bars is a perfect solution. Not only are they clean and full of nutrient-rich ingredients, they are moist and not overly-sweet.
The bars I made for this recipe feature raisins and almond butter, but you can try these different combos:
- sub raisins for dried apple and sub almond butter for peanut butter
- sub raisins for shredded coconut and sub almond milk for coconut milk
- sub raisins for fresh berries
- sub raisins for chocolate chips!
- 1½ cup oats (I used quick oats)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- ½ cup raisins
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients (oats, raisins, cinnamon and salt) and stir to combine.
- In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, minus the almond butter (almond milk, egg, maple syrup, vanilla).
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.
- Mix in the almond butter.
- Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until the middle doesn't wobble.
- Let cool and cut into any shape bars you like.