Ever since my interest in health has kicked into high gear, it has become very clear that staying in and cooking (yes, my fellow New Yorkers!), is one of the best ways to fuel your body without excess salt, oil, fat, and sugar. With staying in more, comes trying new recipes. Right?
It seems as though every recipe on the internet has a typical, “bloggy”, back story introduction. You know: "Bob came home after work, and the kids were running around like never before, so I needed an easy dinner plan. Thank goodness I was able to whip up this easy lasagna recipe. Simple goodness for my loved ones!"
DID I NAIL IT? AM I RIGHT? So, now that you know that I’m self-aware, here’s my version:
It was snowing out. My boyfriend and I wanted to do something fun, so I made us go to the grocery store and he guided us in the direction of making our own oat bars. Alas, below is the recipe for created-on-the-spot, home-made oat bars! Simple and healthy. ;)
What you will need:
- 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 bananas
- 1 Gala apple
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 5 dates
- 1 tbs flax seeds
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- 3 tbs honey
- a DASH of cinnamon lol
- coconut oil (if you don't have parchment paper for baking)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees ferinheight. Rummage through your kitchen and find a baking dish that isn't very deep, but also not a cookie sheet. Lightly "grease" it with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper. Set this bad boy aside.
Roughly cut the dates into small, small pieces and set aside. Then cut the apple into tiny pieces as well, without cutting your own fingers of course. Mash both bananas with a fork in a large bowl until they're basically soup. Once the soup is soupy enough, mix in the apple pieces and date pieces. Mix the dry oats in stages, so they allllllllll get coated by the banana soup. Plop in the almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, honey, and add cinnamon to taste. Mix, mix, mix. After it is all blended together, let the "dough" sit for about five minutes so it has a chance to get moist and juicy, but it shouldn't be runny by any means. When you've patiently waited the five minutes, lightly press the mixture down into the baking pan. Don't pack it down too tightly because the bars will end up being too thin. However, don't make the bars more than a centimeter thick! Sprinkle a few sliced almonds on top of the bars to add the "gourmet" look. Bake for 35 minutes or until the bars are visibly dry and golden brown. When ready, cut into bar-sized pieces and ennnnnnnjoy!