Raspberry Oat Bars are a delicious healthy vegan treat.
There are times when this whole changing the diet idea is a real challenge. Especially when you’ve got a real sweet tooth and refined sugar is off the table. You know those moments, you just want to revert to your old ways and rip through a packet of cookies or plough into a pint of ice cream. These Raspberry Oat Bars satisfy those cravings in a deliciously healthy way. Sugar is still a real issue for me so to keep myself on track I decided that if I was to eat dessert, I would have to make it myself with the cleanest ingredients I could muster.
This is what I came up with and these raspberry oat bars are fabulous!! Perhaps ever so slightly crumbly but fabulous! Of course you could make them strawberry, apricot, blueberry etc etc by changing the jam you’re using. Just try to find sugar free jam without any added this, that and the other.
From all that I’ve read I understand that if you’re going to eat something sweet it really helps the digestive system if you wrap it up in plenty of hearty fiber. This stops the insulin levels from rising to steeply and allows everything to be digested in a more balanced way.
The wholegrain spelt flour and old fashioned oats are a get source of fiber. The combination of pumpkin, sunflower, hemp and chia seeds add a nice nutritional punch that you won’t find in traditional desserts. So yes, it’s a little indulgence but it’s wrapped up in a lovely nourishing package which allows you to satisfy that sweet craving without derailing your good intentions.
Raspberry Oat Bars
A lovely teatime treat
- For the base
- 1 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup non dairy butter (I used Earth’s balance)
- 1 cup whole grain spelt flour
- For the filling
- 1 cup raspberry jam (sugar free best quality)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- [b]Additions for the topping[/b]
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- Lightly grease an 8 x 8 inch pan.
- Pre heat the oven to 350F
- In a large bowl mix the ingredients for the base. Using your hands create a coarse crumbly mixture (as if you’re making a crumble or crisp).
- Press two thirds of the mixture into the base of the pan. Press down firmly.
- Mix together the jam and vanilla extract and carefully spread the jam over the base stopping to give a 1/4 inch margin without any jam at the edges.
- Add the additions to the reserved base mixture. Combine well. Sprinkle over the top of the base and jam.
- Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until JUST turning golden. Allow to thoroughly cool before cutting and serving.
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