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Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Breakfast, Desserts, RECIPES, Sides, Uncategorized

Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars (GF + Vegan)

Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars (GF + Vegan)

Just in time for Easter brunch! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend with their loved loves, celebrating Easter or Passover, or just spending time with them because . 🙂

This is a super easy make ahead treat, and any leftovers (although I doubt there will be any!) can be frozen for your later enjoyment! These can be enjoyed as dessert (topping with my chocolate ganache or healthy frosting) or as a sweet, quick, healthy grab & go breakfast bar. I enjoy devouring them in both circumstances, and all those in between!

They are no-bake, so no having to wait to snack on their dough like texture.

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They freeze very well in sealed containers or bags, so you can make a ton at one them and move them to the refrigerator to thaw a little bit as needed.

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The bars are sweetened with dates, which are a great carb and sugar source for cardiovascular exercise. They also have a ton of cinnamon in them. I love cinnamon. It’s upsetting to me that it’s usually a side note to recipes, so I love that it’s the main flavor in these bars. Cinnamon is a natural diuretic.

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Have some fun with these, maybe adding cacao nibs and/or dried fruit to the “dough” to change up the texture! These are so versatile and easy! I hope you love them as much as I do!

Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars
 
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: about 20 square bars
Ingredients
  • 12 Large Dates (soft & pitted)
  • 2.5 c Old Fashion Oats
  • ¾ c Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • ¼ c Natural Liquid Sweetener (I use Honey or Maple Syrup)
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 8 x 8 in Square Baking Pan - Lined with foil or parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Soak dates in a little water if they're not soft.
  2. Add all ingredients in food processor or high speed blender.
  3. Scrap down edges as you go, so everything is blended well.
  4. Mix in any additional desired add-ins.
  5. Transfer to pan, and press firmly down so they are well packed in.
  6. Top with chocolate ganache or frosting, optional.
  7. Freeze for at least 30 min.
  8. Cut into squares or bars.
  9. Enjoy!
Notes
These will stay fresh in the freezer for several months. Place in an airtight container or freezer bag, and thaw in refrigerator for about an hour when you want to eat them.
Feel free to add in pieces of nuts, dried fruit, or cacao nibs!

 

Treat yo self.

xoxo

♥Teresa

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