We all know the feeling, It’s early in the morning and time is short before we have to get out the door and on with our day. It’s tempting to stop by that fast food spot on the way to work or the gym, but that would be counter productive in more ways than one. I recently ran across an amazing recipe for porridge oat bars that will satisfy your morning hunger while also providing meaningful substance to fuel your day!
I recently bought my wife Jaime Oliver’s Superfoods book and it is chalk full of amazing and nutritious recipes. These oat bars were among my favorites of the bunch.
- 3 1/2 ounces (about a half a cup, I think I may have used a little more than that) of unsalted mixed nuts, such as walnuts, Brazils, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews (I put some almonds in instead of hazelnuts)
- 1 3/4 ounces (about a quarter cup, but again, probably used a little more) of mixed seeds, such as chia, poppy, sunflower, sesame, flaxseed, and pumpkin
- 3 1/2 ounces of dried fruit. (I used raisins, cranberries and apricots)
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 orange
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 tbsp oat bran (I wanted to keep it gluten free as I used gluten free oats so I used flax meal here)
- Preheat over to 375 F.
- In a food processor, pulse nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices, pulse together. Put into a bowl and set aside.
- Into the food processor, put in the banana and orange. Pulse to a pulp.
- Into a measuring cup, put in the banana and orange mixture. Then add the honey and top up with water to the 2 cups mark.
- Pour the mixture into a pot. Heat under boiling. Add the oats and the nut and seed mixture.
- Cook the oats until the the mixture is gooey.
- Pour the batter into a baking dish and pat down. Score the bars as Jamie suggests as it really makes it easier to cut later.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes until browned.
I definitely prefer these bars over the store bought fare because there are no processed sugars or preservatives present. These bars also fit easily into my wife and I’s Sunday meal prep routine, and my tummy and heart are all better for it. Thank you Jaime Oliver!