Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Strawberry oat squares = impressive family breakfast :)

A house full of family...
What could be better than an impressive, tasty, healthy breakfast treat??

HEALTHY BERRY OAT SQUARES
(adapted from Oh She Glows)



Ingredients:
For Oat Base:

  • 1.5 cups regular oats
  • 1 cup whole-grain flour 
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp heart healthy margarine (or you can use butter), melted
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp  milk (low fat, skim, soy, almond, anything!)
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds (or shredded coconut!)
For Strawberry Jam:

  • 1 cup healthy jam
  • 1/4 cup chopped berries
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a square pan (I used a 9×9) with parchment paper and oil the sides of the pan and base.
In a large bowl, mix the oat base dry ingredients: oats, flour, Sucanat/brown sugar, baking soda, salt.
In a small bowl, mix the melted margarine, maple syrup,  milk, and egg. Stir well.
Add the wet mixture (reserving 1/2 cup of the mixture) to the dry and mix well, using hands if necessary. Pour the oat mixture onto the square pan and press down with fingers. Use a pastry roller to smooth out if desired.
Pour on healthy jam and smooth out. Evenly drop on chopped berries.
Now sprinkle on the reserved 1/2 cup oat mixture and sprinkle on 1 tbsp of flax  seeds or coconut.
Bake at 350F for approximately 30 minutes. Allow to fully cool for at least 30-40 minutes before gently removing from pan. Slice and then store in a container in the fridge to keep firm.


It's definitely a crowd pleaser!!

My favourite kind of jams to use for this is:

Crofter's Just Fruit:
 Smucker's no sugar added:
PC Blue Menu Twice the Fruit:

Anything sweetened with 100% fruit juice instead of sugar is the best!

Have fun making, eating, and sharing them!
~Princess

4 comments:

Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy said...

These look so good! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Cait's Plate said...

Oh my, those look amazing! My mom would LOVE them, I definitely need to give them a try :)

Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com said...

YUM! I have to make these! Immediately! :)

Unknown said...

They were as amazing as they look

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