These bars are BERRY good. Good-tasting and good-for-you. Good enough for breakfast or a snack! Another dessert-esque recipe made healthy enough for breakfast, I'm starting to see a trend... (see my carrot cake or banana bread).
Let's talk about the wholesome ingredients these are made with...
OATS: Fiber, maganese, selenium, zinc...
COCONUT OIL: Increases HDL (the "good" cholesterol), boosts metabolism, great for skin and hair...
ALMOND FLOUR: Vitamin E, iron, healthy fats...
CINNAMON: Anti-inflammatory, fights heart disease, may lower risk of cancer*, boosts metabolism...
HONEY: Natural energy and memory booster, regulates blood sugar, boosts immune system...
BERRIES: Anti-oxidant, cancer-fighting, and raspberries have lots of fibre!
I could write a whole blog post about each one of these ingredients and their wonderful, nourishing properties. Point being: these bars are made from wholesome, real ingredients that are good for you! Even though it seems like a snack bar, this is all real food.
Enjoy this simple recipe, coming together in less than 30 minutes! Tag me on Instagram and show me your re-creations!
- 1 C Rolled Oats (certified GF if necessary)
- 1 C Almond flour
- Cinnamon & Pink Himalyan salt, to taste
- ¼ C Coconut oil, melted
- 1 T water
- 2 Tbsp Honey
- 2 C Berries (I used 1.5 raspberries, 0.5 blueberries)
- 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange (about 1 quarter of an orange)
- Preheat oven to 350 and set aside 8x8 baking dish, or round dish. Line with parchment paper or grease with coconut oil.
- Mix oats, almond flour, salt and cinnamon. Add in coconut oil and honey and stir. If mixture still seems a bit dry, add 1 Tbsp of water. Mix with your hands to make sure the honey and oil really mix well!
- Pour ¾ of the oat mixture into your pan and press down to form the base/crust. (Tip: wet your hands and press down to make everything compact). Place in oven for 9 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare your fruit: rinse your berries, add a squeeze of fresh orange (any citrus would work), and some cinnamon. Also, optional to add some coconut shreds to the remaining oat mixture.
- When the crust is done, remove from oven and let sit for 2 minutes to form. Then, top with fruit mixture. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture on top of fruit. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, depending how crispy you like the crust.
- Enjoy! Tag me and use #granoladiaries sharing your creations on Instagram!