DIY Oatmeal Bars

DIY Oatmeal Bars

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!

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