For a healthy breakfast, oat bars are just as good as cookies.
As you may or may not have noticed, I love oats for breakfast. It is just so good…and luckily we can often find them in bars! So when I don’t want to have a cookie for breakfast (is that even possible?), I change for a bar. An oat bar of course! I have similar versions of them, but this one my favourite…
Well, what do you need for these bars?
- Dry ingredients for the base: oat and sugar
- Wet ingredients to assemble the dry ingredient: golden syrup, biscoff spread.
- Other ingredients to taste and for the texture: carrots and applesauce.
Let’s review these ingredients and how you can personalize those bars…
You can replace oats by anything you like most: peanuts if you like, or substitute some of the oats for flour etc.
Brown sugar is more powerful than granulated sugar and pairs perfectly with biscoff spread (full of cinnamon and spices flavours) and that’s why I chose it but you can change for any other sugar.
I am absolutely a fan of golden syrup but maple syrup is completely fine, you’ll just have a maple flavour and maybe you would like to leave out the biscoff and replace it with more maple syrup.
You can, of course, change the biscoff spread for peanut butter, which is also great on this recipe, or any nut butter.
Carrots and applesauce are completely optional. BUT, if you have any grated carrots or applesauce (homemade is even better J ), let them in! I am always looking for a healthier way to bake, but only if it is better that way or if the taste is the same. So I am telling you: carrots and applesauce are optional but highly recommended.
So, wet ingredients in a medium bowl, wet ingredients mixed in another, combine, throw you carrots in, press down and bake. Wait, whaaat?
Amazing oat bars
- (285 g) oats
- (50 g) brown sugar
- ½ tsp baking powder
- cinnamon (depending on taste)
- (45 g) applesauce
- (65 g) carrots
- (78 g) golden syrup (or maple syrup)
- (65 g) Biscoff spread (or cookie spread, or any nut butter)
(50 g) Biscoff spread
Preheat the oven at 350°F (180°C) and prepare a 8×8″ square pan.
- Whisk the oats, brown sugar, baking powder and cinnamon together. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk golden syrup and spread.
- Add the mixture to the oats and mix with a spatula just until incorporated.
- Add the applesauce and the carrots. Continue mixing with the spatula.
- Bake for 35 minutes until lightly browned and then remove from the oven.
- Let cool for at least 1 hour. You can speed up the process by putting the pan in the fridge several minutes after removing it from the oven.
You can glaze them with Biscoff spread as I did, simply micro-wave it in a glass bowl for 30 seconds. Stir and pour it on the bars. Spread with a rubber spatula.
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