Well, I wasn’t sure if I should list these yummies under breakfast foods, snacks, or sweets/desserts – they can certainly serve as all three, and the fact that they can serve as a dessert should tell you how delicious they are! I finally landed on placing them in all the appropriate categories, because they are appropriate for all of them. These babies are fantastic for you, and the taste…people, the taste…I can’t even. They are SO yummy! I made a batch of these on a Sunday, and then ate them for breakfast throughout the week – made for an excellent week! 🙂
The two main ingredients in these that give them most of their flavor are raspberries and almonds – two awesomely good for you foods!
Both of them provide numerous health benefits! Raspberries are rich in vitamin A and antioxidants, and they are great for the immune system, a healthy heart, and reducing inflammation. Almonds are high in Vitamin E, manganese, and magnesium, and they are great for controlling inflammation in the body, keeping blood sugar levels healthy, and reducing blood pressure.
Some of the other ingredients in this are healthy foods such as bananas, cinnamon, and oats, all providing their own health benefits as well. As you can see, these are seriously fantastic for you regardless of if you eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack, or dessert! Alright, I’ll get on with it – to the recipe we go!
RASPBERRY ALMOND OATMEAL BARS
For the Crust:
- 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
- 1 cup dry roasted almonds (no salt)
- 2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 2 Tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
- 1/4-1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 bananas
For the Topping:
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line an 8 x 11 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly brush coconut oil over the parchment paper and dish sides.
2.) Place all of the crust ingredients in a food processor and process on high until completely combined. Transfer the crust to the prepared baking dish and use your hands to spread out evenly over the bottom of the dish, forming a crust. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
3.) While the crust is baking, put all of the topping ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine. After the 10 minutes are up, take the crust out of the oven and top with the toppings. Spread out evenly over the crust. Place back in the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 21 minutes.
4.) Take out of the oven and allow to cool in the dish for a minimum of 10 minutes. Use a knife to gently cut out bars.
Just from the pictures, you can see how yummy this stuff is! It will last in the fridge for up to a week, and it will last in the freezer for up to two weeks, so you can also make these ahead of time and not have to worry about breakfasts for the week (major plus)! Anyway, their ready to go at this point, so dig in!
SO YUMMY! Enjoy! 🙂