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Fall Bites: Baked Oatmeal Bars for Snacking on the Go

Liz Merritt
September 13, 2017
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Fall is in the air! And even though crisp morning temperatures have yet to make their presence known in the Southwestern desert, that doesn’t stop  me from embracing the fall baking season. One of my favorite, go-to treats are baked oatmeal bars, and with these three recipes for portable, storable, freezable bars, it doesn’t get much easier.

The Essentials

Let’s start with some of the essentials. Choose rolled oats over instant oats for these recipes. Rolled oats are heartier and give the baked bars a chewy, dense texture. Next, have cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and pumpkin spices on hand. Also keep handy your favorite vanilla-flavored  protein powder to rev up the nutritional profile on these bars. A shallow baking pan lined with a parchment paper sheet will yield the best results.

Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal Bars

Who can resist the smell of warm cinnamon buns cooking in the oven? With this first recipe for Cinnamon Bun Baked Oatmeal Bars, you get the best of both worlds. You get that great cinnamon bun flavor, without the high fat.

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Cinnamon Bun Oatmeal Bars
Servings: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats dry
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup Truvia baking blend
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk vanilla, unsweetened
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond butter smooth or crunchy
  • 1/4 tsp. butter-flavored extract
Glaze
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 packet Stevia
  • Dash Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Combine rolled oats, protein powder, Truvia, cinnamon and allspice in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.

  3. Combine remaining ingredients in a separate mixing bowl. When blended, stir into dry ingredients evenly.

  4. Prepare a shallow baking pan by lining with parchment paper and coating lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Dump mixture onto the center of the pan and form with a spatula into a rectangle.

  5. Bake for 25 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.

  6. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

  7. Whisk together glaze ingredients in small bowl or measuring cup. Drizzle lightly across the cooled bars.

  8. 8. If storing some of the bars, hold off on the glaze until you’re ready to serve. Store refrigerated. Tip: Wrap bars individually in wax paper to refrigerate or freeze for later.

Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars are moist and chewy with a tangy flavor from the cranberries. Topped with raw pumpkin seeds, these fall favorites bring a slight crunch and healthy fats to the table as well.

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Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
Servings: 10 bars
Ingredients
  • 2 cups rolled oats dry
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries reduced sugar
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas until smooth. Add beaten egg and vanilla extract and blend thoroughly.

  3. Stir in oats, protein powder, baking powder and pumpkin spice.

  4. Fold in dried cranberries and ¼ cup pumpkin seeds.

  5. Prepare a shallow baking pan by lining with parchment paper and coating lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Dump mixture onto the center of the pan and form with a spatula into a rectangle.

  6. Sprinkle ¼ cup pumpkin seeds over top of bars and press lightly into the batter.

  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.

  8. Cool completely. Cut into bars.

  9. Store refrigerated. Tip: Wrap bars individually in wax paper to refrigerate or freeze for later.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Nothing says seasonal deliciousness like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! So how about a healthier alternative that is a dead ringer? These baked oatmeal bars are super fast to make and freeze well for snacking on the go.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
Servings: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 3 cups rolled oats dry
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup almond milk unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a shallow baking pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.

  2. Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large mixing bowl until well blended.

  3. Dump mixture onto center of lined baking pan and press with a spatula into a rectangular shape

  4. Bake 25 minutes, or until edges are browned. Let cool completely.

  5. Cut into individual bars.

  6. Store refrigerated. Tip: Wrap bars individually in wax paper to refrigerate or freeze for later.

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