A sweet, make-ahead snack that the whole family will love, these 21 Day Fix approved Oat Bars will satisfy your chocolate craving!
Ok, so I love this recipe. I'm about to rattle off why, so bear with me.
It's quick. It's easy. You can make it ahead and eat the bars all week. It makes a great "dessert" or an any-time snack. I've also been known to eat one of these while I'm procrastinating cooking my eggs. With only a bowl and a fork, you can get these in the pan in under 5 minutes. My kids LOVE them (and call them brownies, btw). Oh, and one decent-sized bar only uses ½ of a yellow, ½ of a purple and a teaspoon. Have I convinced you to make these wonderful things yet?
Well, did I also mention that they taste pretty great, too?! They're chewy and chocolate-y and fantastic. You can thank me later 🙂
Not to mention that these bars are going to be a mom's best friend when school starts back up. I'll definitely be making and freezing them (well, I haven't tried to freeze them yet, but once I do I'll update this post and let you guys know how they freeze!) so they'll be ready for school lunches. I LOVE having stuff like this on hand for my kids - low sugar, healthy, with amazing ingredients. It doesn't get any better than this! Plus, my girls still feel like they're getting a treat, even when all of the other kids are eating Little Debbies. Don't get me wrong, I love a Little Debbie as much as the next girl (and have been known to partake from time to time - shh! don't tell!) but it's definitely not something I'd want to have (or my kids to have) on a regular basis. And why should they, when there are so many other wonderful things to give them?
I swear, I'm not even being a Pinterest mom here. It's not like I'm folding origami for their lunches or anything. These are so quick and easy, plus they use ingredients that you (yes, you!) most likely have in your cabinet and fridge right now. Hope you like them as much as we do!
What are some of your favorite Fix approved sweet treats? Let me know in the comments!
- 2 bananas
- 1 ½ tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tbs almond butter (if you're sending these to school, you may want to use sunbutter instead as many schools don't allow nut products)
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbs raw sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats (be sure to use oats that are labeled gluten free if you're GF!)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8X8 or 9X9 baking dish with olive oil cooking spray; set aside.
- Mash together all of the ingredients EXCEPT for the oats in a medium bowl until fully combined. - There can still be some lumps of banana, no big deal. Stir in the oats until completely coated with the cocoa-banana batter.
- Spread evenly in the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Let cool, then cut into 9 squares. Enjoy!
21 Day Fix Container Equivalents: ½ PURPLE, ½ YELLOW, 1 TSP, <1 teaspoon SUGAR - there is 1/9th of a red in this recipe. I don't count it, but if you were having two bars, it would be about ¼th of a red and you could count that if you wanted to. Just FYI!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 142Total Fat: 5.5g