Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Berry Oatmeal Squares

For base:
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup oat flour*
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter, melted (or coconut oil)
  • 1/3 cup raw honey**
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
For filling:
  • 2 cups fresh berries (I used blackberries and blueberries)<-- Strawberries too!
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup raw honey**
For topping:
  • 1/2 cup of base mixture
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup unsalted almonds, chopped
  • 1/3 cup oats
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
Mix together ingredients for base in a large mixing bowl, in order. 
Mix together ingredients for filling in a small saucepan. Cook this mixture on medium low, stirring constantly. Watch as all the ingredients melt together to make the perfect berry filling! yum!
Once the berry mixture has boiled and thickened for about 5 minutes, turn off the heat and let cool.
Next, take 1/2 cup of base mixture and set aside.
Spray a 8x8 pan (I used a glass pyrex dish) with coconut oil, or simply grease the dish with oil.
Then pat down base mixture in the bottom of the pan.

Now put together the topping. Mix all ingredients together (I used my hands :) )

Spread the berry filling on top of base mixture.
Now Crumble the topping on tope of the berry filling.
Put it in the oven for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

WAIT you are NOT DONE.
After 10 minutes, turn the oven down to 350 degrees and bake for 15 MORE minutes.

Keep an eye on it, the topping may brown to quickly, in this case, cover lightly with foil until finished cooking.

Now the moment we have all been waiting for! da da dummm. They are done! 
When you take them out of the oven be sure to let them cool for about 15 minutes.

Makes about 12 squares.

*I used oat flour, but you can also use whole wheat pastry flour or spelt flour.

**Please see my health section about sugars. Raw Honey is much healthier than refined regular honey.

Best Ever Chewy Granola

This granola is by far the best granola I have ever had, and I have tried a lot of granolas. 
If you're looking for a healthy, chewy, delicious granola, this is it! 

  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together oats, almonds, walnuts, raisins, and flax seeds in a medium to large sized bowl. In a small bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients(coconut butter, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt). 

2. Mix the ingredients from the small bowl into the oat and nut mixture. Make sure to mix well!

3. Spray a 9x13 inch edged cookie sheet with coconut oil spray (or grease lightly with oil). Spread granola out onto pan and pat down lightly. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes. 

4. Let cool for about 15-20 minutes before serving. This granola is excellent as a snack by itself, or make it with almond milk or coconut milk.