Healthy Cinnamon Oat Bars (No Sugar, No Flour)

Introduction

These Healthy Cinnamon Oat Bars are a perfect blend of nutritious ingredients and delightful flavors. Free from refined sugar and flour, these bars are an excellent choice for a healthy snack or a quick breakfast on the go. Packed with oats, almond flour, and the natural sweetness of applesauce and honey or maple syrup, these bars are not only delicious but also nourishing.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (180 g) rolled oats
  • 1 cup (96 g) almond flour
  • 1 cup (240 g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup (64 g) almond butter (or any nut butter of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) honey or maple syrup (or a sugar-free alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

  • Servings: 12 bars
  • Calories: 120 per bar

Preparation Time

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
  • Total time: 30-35 minutes

Instructions

Preheat the Oven

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper or lightly grease with non-stick spray.

Prepare the Dry Ingredients

  1. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, almond flour, ground cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Mix well to ensure even distribution of the baking powder and cinnamon.

Prepare the Wet Ingredients

  1. Mix Wet Ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the unsweetened applesauce, almond butter, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth and well combined.

Combine the Ingredients

  1. Mix Wet and Dry Ingredients: Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until all the ingredients are well combined and form a uniform batter.

Transfer to Baking Pan

  1. Spread Batter: Spread the batter evenly in the prepared baking pan. Use a spatula to smooth the top, ensuring an even thickness throughout.

Bake

  1. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  2. Cool: Allow the bars to cool completely in the pan. This helps them set and makes them easier to cut.

Cut and Serve

  1. Cut into Bars: Once cooled, cut into 12 bars. Serve and enjoy!

Storage Notes

  • Room Temperature: These oat bars can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Refrigerator: Store in the refrigerator for up to a week to maintain freshness.
  • Freezer: Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

These Healthy Cinnamon Oat Bars are a fantastic choice for anyone looking to enjoy a sweet treat without the guilt. Enjoy them as a snack, breakfast, or even a healthy dessert. The combination of oats, almond flour, and natural sweeteners ensures that each bite is packed with flavor and nutrition. Enjoy your delicious and wholesome cinnamon oat bars!

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