These berry oat bars have become my family’s favorite new grab-and-go breakfast or after-dinner treat. They come together really fast and have no refined sugar. Adults and kids will love this recipe!
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Berry Oat Bars – sweet enough without the refined sugar
My favorite way to sweeten breakfast treats is with maple syrup. It’s basically asking to be in all our morning food, right? The truth is that sugar is sugar. It’s empty carbs and should always be eaten in moderation. Maple syrup, though, is my favorite because of it’s lower amount of fructose.
According to an article on the Under Armor Blog, Kate Chynoweth says,
With a rich taste, lower glycemic index than white sugar and a low-fructose content, maple syrup has a well-deserved good rep as a sweetener. It contains small amounts of antioxidants, calcium, potassium and iron, and the mineral manganese, which contributes to healthy bone structure. Does this mean it’s healthy to eat syrup? Sadly, no. But there’s a good argument for choosing it over refined white sugar or agave.https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/examination-healthier-sugar-alternatives/
Let’s make these berry oat bars!
Ok, now get ready, this recipe might take a whole 10 minutes to throw together. I love that all ingredients get mixed up in one bowl and you’re done! No special equipment or extra dishes to wash. I’m in love with this baking pan from Nordic Ware because it comes with a lid! Check the link to see the great price, too! Now, you don’t even have to waste a plastic bag. You can just store it in the pan!
Back to the recipe. You’re going to melt your coconut oil in the same bowl you’re using to mix everything together (see, less dishes?). Once melted, throw all other ingredients in, except for the raspberry preserves, and mix until combined. You’ll have a slightly crumb-y mixture that holds together when you squeeze. Perfect!
Now, just press about 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Then spread your raspberry preserves, but careful not to go all the way to the edge. Leave a 1/2″ border around the outside, so the preserves don’t burn.
Lastly, crumble the remaining 1/3 of the mixture over the preserves and lightly press so the crumbs hold on and don’t fall off when you slice and serve.
Now bake, cut and serve! DONE!
Love this berry oat bar recipe? Try these other no-refined sugar breakfasts!
Berry Oat Bars
- 1/2 C coconut oil melted
- 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour or gluten free substitute
- 1 1/2 C quick oats
- 1/3 C maple syrup
- 1/3 C coconut sugar or granulated
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 C raspberry preserves
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, except for preserves.
- Using your hands press 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of your pan until it’s even and relatively flat.
- Gently spread preserves, leaving 1/2″ around the outside. (The preserves will scald if up against the edge of the pan.)
- Using your hands, evenly crumble the remaining 1/3 of the mixture over the top of the preserves and lightly press so the crumbles stay in place after baking.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes on a center rack until lightly browned on top.
- Let cool in pan on top of a cooling rack. Cut and serve!