I’m always looking for some kind of hack that will make eating healthy easier and tastier. In my dream world, I would exist solely on coffee and donuts. However, since consuming only caffeine and sugar is obviously a bad idea, I try to trick myself into eating healthy. Genius…right??? Just like trying to sneak some peas past a three-year-old. Easy-peasy…ha! While that might not be easy, I’ve found that these DIY oatmeal bars are really easy to make and delicious.
I’m telling junk-food-self that homemade oatmeal bars are dessert. Can we say that’s…..loco!!! And healthy-self thinks it will actually work. Somehow healthy-self is naive enough to think that junk-food-self can be easily deceived. Poor healthy-self!!! She’s way outta her league on this one.
Update: Junk-food-self actually liked the oatmeal bars. Good job healthy-self…your plan worked!
Updating the update: But the plan worked too well. Junk-food-self enjoyed the bars soooo much…she ate ’em all!!! The whole pan in less than two days! Pretty sure that just defeated the whole purpose of this experiment. Yep…healthy-self is no match for junk-food-self!
DIY Oatmeal Bars
Preheat oven: 350 degrees
Bake: approx 20 minutes
These are DIY so add in or delete whatever you like…heck…throw in the kitchen sink if ya want! My cooking disclaimer: All ingredient measurements are approximate. If you are one of those people who need to measure everything and follow step-by-step directions…meet my friend Google. Ask him about homemade oatmeal bars and he will connect you with other peeps who actually follow directions. That’s just not me.
- 2 cups Rolled Oats (think Quaker in a can)
- 1/2 cup each – Chopped/Sliced Nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)
- 2 Smashed Bananas
- 2 Diced Apples
- 1/2 cup Craisens
- 1/3 cup Maple Syrup (the real stuff…not imitation pancake stuff – sorry Aunt J)
- 1/2 cup “Milk” (from a cow, soy, almond, yogurt…whatever’s in the fridge)
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- Dash of salt
- Dash of oil
Mix everything together in a large bowl (use a fork or spoon ’cause if you use your hands…I’m not eating ’em!) Spread the mixture into a pre-greased pan (9×13 or a bit larger). Smash everything down to make it as dense as possible. Bake approx 20 minutes @ 350.
Then try to eat just one piece. Good luck with that!