My daughter’s school is thick into the book “The Leader in Me: The 7 habits of happy kids” and this month was all about “Think Win-Win.”
Important lessons for little kids, and big kids too.
I think I might write a book called “The Feeder in Me” seeing as I spend half of my day trying to get good food into my kids’ bellies.
Which brings me to these tasty granola bars/breakfast bars/healthy snack bars…
These oatmeal bars are definitely “Think Win-Win” food: Kids like them because they’re sweet and moms like them because they’re full of good stuff.
I suspect these were the original granola bar. Traditionally made in a cast iron skillet these one-pan bars have just a few great ingredients that make them work as a breakfast bar or healthy snack. They’re gluten-free (and vegan too if you substitute the butter for coconut oil).
The recipe offers no end of opportunities to adapt. You can add slivered almonds and dried cranberries or chopped apricots and toasted sun flower seeds or chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts, drizzle them with melted chocolate…
Sweet oatmeal flax bars
- 5 Tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
- 2 ½ cups rolled oats (choose certified gluten free oats if you can’t tolerate any gluten, since cross-contamination with wheat, rye and barley is common)
- 2 Tbsp ground flax or almond meal
- ½ tsp vanilla
- In a medium-sized pot combine butter, molasses and sugar.
- Heat over medium until butter has melted and sugar has dissolved.
- Boil for 30 seconds to a minute.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Stir in rolled oats and flax (or almond meal). Mix well.
- Press into well-greased (or parchment lined) pie pan.
- Bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes, until edges begin to darken.
- Cool completely in pan.
- Cut into wedges while still in the pan or upend on a cutting board to slice.
Melt butter, sugar and molasses together in a pot:
Then press into a prepared pan (using buttered hands works well):
Cool completely in pan then upend on a cutting board and cut into wedges:
Looking for more gluten-free sweet snack options? Try these chewy coconut oatmeal cookies.
Nutritional information for gluten-free oatmeal flax bars:
|Amount per serving:|
|Total fat||6.4 g|
|Total carb||17.7 g|