Jun. 27

Homemade Oat Bars – NO SUGAR ADDED

Category > Food

So, I can’t take full credit for these Oat bars because it is a spin off inspired by another recipe I once found online and I made modifications to it by removing all added sugar. Problem is, I can’t find that recipe to give credit. Nonetheless, here it is: (PSA: These can be extremely addictive, convenient and guilt free!)

  • 3 cups of large flake oatmeal
  • ~ 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
  • ~ 1/4 cup Thompson Raisins
  • ~ 1/4 cup of Dry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 cup of Unsweetened Organic Applesauce
  • 1/2 cup of Skim Milk
  • A dash of Salt
  • 2 tbs of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Omega-3 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • OPTIONAL:
    • Walnuts, almosts, seeds etc – I can’t include these in my recipe because my husband has a severe allergy, but these bars would probably be delicious with a little crunch. Plus the health benefits from some nuts and seeds are astronomical…so go nuts (no pun intended)
    • Chia Seeds – small handful
    • Some Flax
    • Feel free to interchange the fruit. Cranberries and raisins aren’t the healthiest, but we love them….everything in moderation

1. Pre-heat the over to 400°F
2. Add all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
3. The consistency should be well blended; not too wet or too dry
4. For this recipe, I use a 11″ x 9″ glass baking dish. If you want to make more or less, simply adjust the ingredients respectively
5. Spray the dish with some cooking spray and then line it with some parchment paper. I use the cooking spray to ensure the parchment paper adheres. (TIP: Parchment paper is an amazing way to save yourself from having to use sprays or grease when baking)
6. Bake for 23 minutes or until it is light golden brown
7. Let cool for about 15 min
8. Cut into desirable squares
9. Remove from pan and pack them away into a tupperware while they’re still slightly warm. This will ensure they stay soft.
10. I usually leave them on the counter with the lid on over night and then refrigerate starting the next morning. I’ve found them to be delicious for up to 5 – 6 days….not that they ever last that long

Please leave your comments/questions below – I’d also love to hear about any modifications you’ve made that worked well for you.

P.S. Be prepared to have to share the recipe with whoever gets a taste test. All of my family and friends that have tried them requested the recipe immediately! w00+

xxxo

15 comments
JM
JM

My fiancé and I love these as well! Thanks for the recipe!

MartaZielinski
MartaZielinski

Hi Maja- I love your blog! You are such an inspiration and your recipes and tips are phenomenal! I love your nail colour in this post- would you mind sharing details? I would like to see a blog post regarding your favourite nail colours and tools. :)

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @MartaZielinski GREAT IDEA! I'm going to do that one next because I love nail polish and have a very limited favourites list (I'm extremely picky about nail colour). In this post I am wearing 2 coats of Essie - Ballet Slippers. This is my all time fave colour :)

Thanks for the comment and suggestion.

 

P.S SO glad you love the recipes 

InaSiewert
InaSiewert

I made these a couple of times and they were delicious. Right now I made some adjustments for winter time: I took 2 apples instead of bananas and I added a good amount of cinnamon to give it a christmas-like taste. Smells so good, is just in the oven. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. It totally became my alternative to regular oat bars...actually I never bought some since I found this recipe!Way to go please :-)

jenn
jenn

these are so good!  i added some whey protein to mine and they came out perfectly.  

thanks for such a great recipe!

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Yes - I can imagine they'd be great with Protein powder too! Did you find you needed to add some more apple sauce to keep them moist with the added protein powder? Thanks for sharing your substitutes :) 

Lyndsay83
Lyndsay83

Hi Maja, tried this oat bar recipe but looks like I messed up a few things. First of all the bananas I had were not ripe yet for use. I also used quick cook oats that kind of got soggy in the oven. What kind of oats did you use? Cant wait to try it again. Hope you are having a great weekend.

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Lyndsay83 Ripe banana's are definitely key as well as Large Flake Cooking Oats. Quick oats are processed and break down much faster. If you're still finding that it is too moist, cut back on the milk until the consistency is as in the picture above. 

 

As another tip, I recently tried a friends variation to this and she added some ripe peaches and cinnamon. They were amazing. Feel free to sub in some fruit like that for a different taste. 

 

Hope it works out next time - keep me posted, I'd love to hear. 

Esther84
Esther84

Hey Maja, I would imagine i could eliminate the dairy all together by replacing the skim milk with Almond Breeze?

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Esther84 Hi Esther! I love Almond milk, but I think I tried it in this recipe once before it had a bit of a funky taste. It's definitely something to try, but if you don't like it you can skip the milk all together and just add more of the unsweetened apple sauce instead!

J
J

Best bars EVER!!!!! Maja gave me this recipe earlier this year and my husband and I are completely addicted! WE make a big batch on Sunday and eat them as snacks or a quick breakfast throughout the week. We keep ours in the fridge and they last up to 5 days....

 

Love your blog Maja!!!

XOXOXOX

Doppleganger

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Hi Emi,

I've actually never really calculated it. I think it was about 100 cal each when I cut them into 16 sqaures, but next time I make this, I will keep track and let you know!

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

Thanks Love! 

Dopplegangers forever

emi
emi

 @hautepnk  Hi ! I was just wondering how many calories the whole concoction (entire bar ) was? This way I can divy it up accordingly!

Thank you!

 

Kage8143
Kage8143

 @hautepnk

 Obviously the calories vary depending on which ingredients you choose.  This is the 2nd time I made these delicious bars and they are a huge hit with everyone!!!   I used the pumpkin seeds, walnuts, dried mixed berries, ripe bananas and 2 tbsp flax seed and the total calories were 1,927, fat 68g, protein 66g, sugar 58g, carbs 265.  I cut them into 16 squares, making 1 bar 120 calories,4.2g fat and 4 grams protein.  Hope this helps!  By the way Maja, I just loooove your blog.  I check numerous times daily just waiting for a new one from you!!!!!!!  (The healthy lasagna is fabulous too!)  I follow Veronika's blog and learned of yours from her.  You truly are an inspiration!

hautepnk
hautepnk moderator

 @Kage8143 THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing that info!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, I can't express how much your feedback means and totally blew me away as I woke up to this message! Thank you!

JM
JM

@hautepnk I love these and so does my fiancé !

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