Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oatmeal, Walnut & Pecan Bars Recipe | Gluten Free & Vegan


I love Pinterest. Its so great for preserving and documenting future ideas + concepts. I saw this sweet recipe for oat & pecan bars but I adapted my own version and it was so delicious. Don't skimp on the sea salt! It adds an interesting balance in taste, especially with nut butters

These oatmeal, walnut & pecan bars are vegan, gluten free, cane sugar & soy free. I topped them with dried cranberries but you could also add them into the mix when baking. These bars are a balance of (not too) sweet and warming thanks to the nuttiness and spices. They are filling and packed with protein, fiber, and maple syrups adds a kick of polyphenols, zinc & manganese 

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2 cups rolled gluten free oats (not instant or steel cut, I used Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup of coconut flour (Also Bob's Red Mill)
1/2 cup  water+ 2 tbsp chia seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
1 1/2 cups unsweetened rice milk (or whichever dairy-free milk of your choice)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 ripe banana, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted nut butter of choice (I used peanut butter)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans & walnuts


Preheat your oven to 375 F. Use a non-dairy butter or oil to grease a 8x8 inch pan
  • Mix the water & chia seeds. Stir until it becomes a gel.
  • In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (oats, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt). 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the rice milk, maple syrup, banana, nut butter, vanilla extract and chia gel. 
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until while incorporating the chopped pecans and walnuts in increments 
  • Add the mixed content into the greased pan and gently smooth out the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the edges are lightly crisp, remove from oven and let cool for 8 minutes
  • After 8 or so minutes, you can cut these into bars. I followed the original recipes and cut them into 9 pieces. 
Tips
you can use ground flaxseed in place of chia
feel free to experiment for other nuts: almonds, hazelnut
sub raw honey for maple syrup or add a bit of both
if you don't have pink Himalayan sea salt you can use regular sea salt
other yummy additions: vegan chocolate chips, carob, & blueberries
if sweetness is your thing add an extra 2 tablespoons of maple syrup or stevia, raw sugar 

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