Chewy Cherry Oatmeal Squares (vegan)

This was a recipe I found on Talia Fuhrman’s blog. She’s been raised as a nutritarian and my friend at work let me know about her site. These bars looked like heaven seeing as how I haven’t had sweets in a long time!

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Bars were cut while still a little warm. Center was a tiny bit soft, but just at the corners.

They are tasty, but actually taste like cherry banana oatmeal, not like a dessert. Now to be fair, Chris and I tasted one piece when they were still warm. I will update this post when I try another piece at breakfast tomorrow. Since it’s really just oatmeal and nut flours with fruit I think this would make a great breakfast-on-the-go bar or a healthy snack. I put a few in the fridge and the rest I wrapped individually in cling wrap and put in the freezer.

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Ready for the fridge and freezer. We’ll see how they hold up.

I made only one or two modifications to the original recipe. My version follows:

Makes 16 squares.

1.5 cups almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

10 dates, pitted (calls for medjool but I have no idea what kind mine were – the package just said dates)

1/2 tbsp cinnamon (also called for nutmeg but Chris and I don’t like nutmeg)

1/2 tsp almond extract (I think it always goes well with cherries)

3 small ripe bananas (orig. calls for large, which I didn’t have)

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

2 cups frozen cherries (no sugar added)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Put almond milk and dates in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 45 seconds.
  • Blend bananas, almond milk, dates, cinnamon and extract in blender (I used the nutribullet, thanks to Mom). Set aside.
  • Put remaining dry ingredients into large bowl and mix. Add liquid mixture and stir to blend. Fold in cherries.
  • Put mixture in 9×9 pan lined with parchment.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes, until center is no longer soft (use toothpick or knife). I didn’t cook mine long enough (called fro 30 minutes, but it was still gooey in middle, so I added 10 min). Could definitely have gone for 50 min. More banana would help the flavor too.

Nutritional info (per square):

  • 207 calories
  • 60 calories from fat
  • 6.66 g fat
  • 0.81g sat fat
  • 0 cholesterol
  • 19.63 mg sodium
  • 32.79 g carbs
  • 5 g dietary fiber
  • 8.8 g sugar
  • 5.58 g protein

UPDATE: These DO NOT freeze well! They are mush when they defrost. It’s good if you’d like to make soft oatmeal squares for a group breakfast, but not for storage.

Banana Blueberry Oatmeal

Dr. Fuhrman calls this Quick Banana-Oat Breakfast-to-go. Quick-ish would be better, only because it takes me some time to chop the walnuts and get the ingredients together. I just really need to prep the nuts and seeds ahead and have them waiting in little foil packets in the freezer so I can throw it together in the morning. I love this recipe, another from Dr. Fuhrman. Who doesn’t love oatmeal with lots of fruit!

It looks really purplish after it cooks and the bananas are hot and soft, but so good!

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So weirdly purple but soooo good!

This recipe makes 1 serving. His normal recipe makes two, but Chris won’t eat this with me.  🙂

1 cup frozen blueberries (I like wild Maine blueberries, of course)

1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/6 cup pomegranate juice (I just use the 1/3 cup measure and fill half way)

1 tbsp chopped walnuts

1/2 tbsp raw sunflower seeds

1/2 banana, sliced

 

Directions

In a cereal bowl, combine all ingredients. Heat in the microwave for 2.5 minutes.

Note: On the go, combine all ingredients in a sealed container to eat later, either hot or cold.

Oatmeal for a Crowd

We had our first Christmas party today, a brunch with the family, and since everyone likes oatmeal I figured we’d try it. It was easy and delicious! We each topped it with different stuff and everyone was happy.

4 cups old fashioned oats
5 cups water
2 cups milk
pinch salt

Bring water and milk and salt to a boil. Add oatmeal and cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
If you’re serving it to a crowd and need to leave it on the stove for a little while, cover and add boiling water to thin as needed.

Serve with a bunch of toppings for a buffet. I set up bowls of raisins, dried cranberries, chopped bananas, chopped apples, cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, maple syrup, and walnuts.

Serves 8.