Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350-F. Grease a 13×9 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Add sugars to a large mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixture.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan, stirring constantly until golden.
  4. Add the butter to the bowl with the sugar and stir. Allow to cool slightly.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla and stir well. Stir in the oats and salt.
  6. Place a fine mesh sieve over the bowl and add flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix until just combined.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  8. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Healthy Pumpkin Oat Refrigerator Muffins (vegan/gluten free)

Vegan, gluten free, no refined sugar, and no oil!

Adapted from Detoxinista

Makes 12 mini muffins.

Ingredients

  • 8-9 pitted medjool dates (6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 egg (or flax “egg” (1 tablespoon flax mixed with 2.5 tablespoons water—let sit for 3 minutes)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350-F.
  2. In a food processor mix the dates, pumpkin, flax “egg” (or regular egg), water, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and vanilla until well blended. Add the oats and blend until a batter is formed. If the mixture seems very thick add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to help thin it out a bit.
  3. Stir in the pumpkin seeds and cranberries, leaving out a few to sprinkle on top.
  4. Fill muffin tins almost all the way to the top. Bake until the muffins have risen and feel firm when you lightly touch them in the center, about 15 minutes for mini and 20 minutes.
  5. For best results refrigerate until completely cold before serving. They are moister and sweeter when they are cold.

To make into bars: Spread the batter evenly on a parchment lined baking pan or dish. I use one approximately 8 x 9.5. Sprinkle with a few cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Store in the refrigerate for a few weeks. They taste best cold!