Warning: These bars (and the cookies they’re based on) are seriously addictive.
But don’t worry—they’re packed with protein and fiber thanks to the almond butter and shredded coconut. And they have very little (natural) sugar, thanks to my good friend Mr. Stevia 🙂
How did they come to be? That would be the brilliant Jenni, at The Urban Poser. She created these crazy good Grain Free No ‘Oatmeal’ Creme Pie Cookies, and I proceeded to make them about a dozen times. I gave two batches away, and my family and I devoured ate the rest.
At some point I decided to take the modifications I made to the cookies, and turn them into grain-free mock oatmeal bars. Yum yum. They are so good.
In case you’re wondering, I did make them with an egg and no chia meal to see what would happen. They did rise a little bit more, but otherwise there was no difference. They were crumbly before being refrigerated, just like these egg-free bars.
N’oatmeal Bars (mock oatmeal bars)
grain-free, egg-free, low glycemic index
1 cup almond butter (or other nut butter or SunButter)
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp water
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp vanilla stevia
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1 tbsp chia seed meal (I grind chia seeds in a coffee grinder) (OR substitute 1 egg and use half the water above, which is 2.5 tablespoons)
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp grain-free baking powder (omit baking powder if using an egg)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
- Add the almond butter, water, honey, vanilla, stevia, and shredded coconut to a bowl. Mix with an electric mixer. Note: If you use a more runny almond butter you won’t need as much water—your batter should be fairly thick.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. Mix with electric mixer.
- Transfer to square greased baking dish. Spread evenly.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
- Cool on the counter, then refrigerate until cold before serving.
- Optional: try topping with my Coconut Buttercream Frosting
Note: These bars are best cold. If you eat them room temperature or warm they will crumble more.
P.S. You can read why I like shopping for my ingredients on iHerb.