Good evening and Happy New Year! May 2021 usher in health and wellness, peace and healing, hope and inspiration. 2020 was one hell of a year… and while there was much loss and hardship, 2020 also brought me marriage to my best friend and a brand new baby boy. I am aspiring to take those positive notes and use them as my backstory to write a cheerful story this year, one full of change, growth, and happiness. Part of that, for me, means dedicating more time for the things that bring me the most joy… which leads me HERE! ❤
I am giving my website a little bit of an overhaul, and since I was last really present here, some things have changed. Everything is still 100% gluten-free, ALWAYS. You can count on that. There will still be some dairy-free and Paleo recipes, too, but my body has healed enough after being gluten-free for almost three years that I can (happily!!!) incorporate more dairy into my diet without issue. HELLO, CHEESE… Along those lines, then, I will also be adding some Keto recipes to the mix, as well as some that are just low-carb. Family-friendly, healthy meals will still be our main dish, served always with sprinkling of dessert.
I am forever glad to have you all be a part of this community. Cheers to our first healthy recipe of the New Year- Mixed Berry Apple Oat Bars!
I have been trying to incorporate more oatmeal into my diet. There are so many benefits packed into this breakfast staple, including:
- Soluble Fiber
- Improve cholesterol
- Balance blood sugar
- Better heart health
Why wouldn’t we want to eat oatmeal daily…? With a little man at home, feeding every couple hours, I am pretty much at the mercy of his hunger. I’ve been trying to keep some ready-made foods in the fridge to grab when I don’t have time to cook myself a decent meal. These little bars are absolutely perfect in that regard. They make a fantastic and filling breakfast, a nutritious snack, or they are even sweet enough to feel like dessert, if that is what your day needs.
I really love pairing berries with apples. It is such a balanced contrast in taste and texture in baked goods. I used raspberries and blueberries with a Green Dragon apple (these are incredible, by the way!). A little sweet, a little tart, and a hint of crunch. Perfection in every bite.
Mixed Berry Apple Oat Bars
Mixed Berry Apple Oat Bars
- 1 C oat flour
- 1 1/2 C GF old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Dash nutmeg, optional
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract, divided
- 1/2 C butter, melted and cooled
- 1/4 C plus 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 2 C fresh raspberries
- 1 C fresh blueberries
- 1 small apple, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp cornstarch or tapioca starch, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×9″ square pan with parchment paper or spray generously with nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk together oat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until well-combined.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until your crumble has formed.
- Add the fresh raspberries to the same bowl your wet ingredients were previously in. Sprinkle the cornstarch or tapioca starch in to the raspberries and mash them with a fork, then set aside.
- Divide your crumble in half. Press the first half into the bottom of the prepared square baking dish. Spread the mashed raspberries on top, then top with the blueberries and chopped apple pieces. Sprinkle the remaining crumble on top of the fruit, using your fingers to gently press it into the fruit.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely. Cut into squares and store in the fridge for up to a week.
I am gearing up to make another batch of these as I write… I legitimately looked forward to having these with my morning cup of coffee (well, my second cup). I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! Make them your own by adding chopped pecans, chocolate chips, or different fruit varieties. You could also use your favorite fruit preserve or jam in place of the raspberry layer. Let me know if you try something different- I would love to hear your ideas!
Until next time, friends… may your coffee be strong enough to carry you through your day. Cheers!