Quick Oatmeal Bars
These particular ones were filled with almond butter and some strawberry jam. But you can fill them with a hundred different things! I’ll give you more ideas at the end. Grab your ingredients: quick oats, whole milk, almond butter and strawberry jam (for this particular recipe). Preheat your oven to 425F. In a bowl, mix a 1-to-1 ratio of milk to oats (I used 1/2 cup of each, but as long the amount is the same, it will be fine!). Add in some of your fillings. I added 1 tablespoon each of the jam and the peanut butter. On a piece of parchment paper, spread the mixture very thin. The thinner, the crunchier! Bake for 20-25 minutes. The longer you bake them, the crispier they become. One added benefit of NOT cooking the quick oats ahead of time is that they add a little crunch to the final product. Slice them into sticks or bars, depending on the age of your baby. If your baby is younger, cut them into finger shapes. Store these in the fridge for up to a week. They could last in the freezer much longer, if you want to make a bigger batch. (I have not frozen them because we eat them within a week!) Here are a few other options for filling your oat bars:
- blueberries and cinnamon
- berries and agave nectar
- chocolate chips, if your baby is older
- maple syrup
Any way you would eat oatmeal, you can make these bars. Just be creative.