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Vegan Strawberry Oat Bars

When I think of Spring I think of FRESH strawberries

Strawberry smoothies.  Strawberry short cake.  Strawberry over-night oats.  EVERYTHING strawberry!!

I love the health benefits that strawberries offer.  Strawberries can improved eye care, proper brain function, relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout and various cardiovascular diseases. The antioxidants of strawberries make them good for improving the immune system, preventing against various types of cancers, and for reducing the signs of premature aging.  I’m all about reducing the signs of premature aging!!

Strawberries are rich in potassium and magnesium content, both of which are effective in lowering high blood pressure caused by sodium and various other risk factors.

The smell of Spring baking in the oven

With Spring in the air I decided it was time to make the house smell of freshly baked Vegan Strawberry Oat Bars!  Our foster Cavalier was having her first Meet & Greet later in the day, I thought this might help seal the deal!  LOL!

In my recipe I use Garbanzo Bean Flour (aka Chickpea Flour), but you can use the flour of your choice.  If you have never used Garbanzon Bean Flour check out my Chickpea Omelette recipe to learn more!

Vegan Strawberry Oat Bars

Vegan Strawberry Oat Bars

Print Recipe
Serves: 12 Cooking Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Oats
  • 1 cup Garbanzo Bean Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Chia Egg (1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsp warm water, mixed)
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance, melted
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 2 1/4 cups Strawberries, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a square pan (I used a 9×9) with parchment paper.

2

For the jam: In a medium sized pot, add the chopped strawberries and sugar.

3

Heat over medium until the strawberries begin to sweat add a tablespoon of water if needed.

4

Once the strawberries cooks down a bit, add in the lemon juice and 1 tbps of chia seeds, stir well. Bring to a low boil and then simmer over low to medium heat for at least 10-15 minutes.

5

Once it has thickened a bit, remove from heat, stir in the vanilla, and cool for 15-30 mins.

6

In a small bowl, mix 1 tbps of chia seeds with 3 tbps of warm water (or flax egg) and set aside for 10 minutes.

7

In a large bowl, mix the oat base dry ingredients: oats, garbanzo bean flour, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

8

In a small microwave safe bowl, melt earth balance.

9

Once melted add: maple syrup, almond milk, and chia egg. Stir well.

10

Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix well, stir in walnuts.

11

Set aside 1/2 cup of the dough for the topping.

12

Pour the oat mixture onto the square pan and press down with back of spoon.

13

Pour on strawberry mixture and smooth out.

14

Spoon on the reserved 1/2 cup oat mixture over the strawberries.

15

Bake at 350F for approximately 35-40 minutes.

16

Allow to fully cool for at least 30 minutes in refreigerator before removing from pan.

17

Slice and then store in an air tight container in the refrigerator to keep firm.

Notes

The strawberries can easily be replaced with raspberries or blueberries.

Maca

Have you ever used Maca?

I have been doing some research on adding Maca to my diet and some of the benefits.

From what I have read online maca sales has exploded in popularity in recent years. Maca root is generally dried and consumed in powder form, but it’s also available in capsules and as a liquid extract. It mainly grows in the Andes of central Peru, in harsh conditions and at very high altitudes — above 13,000 feet.

Benefits of Maca?

  • Maca root powder is very nutritious
  •   Can improve symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and disrupted sleep at night
  • Several studies have shown that maca can enhance your mood
  • May improve exercise performance, particularly during endurance events

The powder form is easy to use.  It can be added to your smoothies and even in over-night oats.  My first order will be here Tuesday and I will report back with my findings!

In the meantime, I’m curious if anyone has tried it? Thoughts?

Enjoy your Monday! Eat healthy and stay healthy!

Kate XO

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