Quick and Healthy Oatmeal Bars

Oct 7, 2014

I'm not gonna lie,  I found this bad boy on Pinterest.   No shame here, most of my good and crafty ideas come from there!  The very talented Joanne and Adam Gallagher thought this up (love the hubby/wife duos).  I made it more kid, and use what you have on hand, friendly.

"This easy recipe can be made the night before or an hour before serving. It freezes well and is a hit with picky palates. Serve for breakfast or dessert. You can bake this the night before and reheat in the morning for an easy and impressive breakfast. Replace strawberries with blueberries or other berry."  (Joanne and Adam Gallagher)

I love it because it is very adaptable. Lets face it, the kiddos may not like chinese 5 spice (as the original calls for) so I use cinnamon. Often, frozen, organic berries that I have in abundance (thank you Costco) are in it instead of fresh. Don't worry,  taking out the chocolate doesn't affect the taste! Its a cinch to prep the night before, and bake it in the morning.  Super yum and easy peasy!

Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
35 mins
Total time
45 mins

Created By: Adam and Joanne Gallagher
Serves: 6
Ingredients
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnut pieces, chopped
1 cup sliced strawberries
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices

Method

Preheat oven to 375°F and generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, half the walnuts, half the strawberries and half the chocolate. (Save the other half of strawberries, walnuts and chocolate for the top of the oatmeal). In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract.

Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining strawberries, walnuts and chocolate on top. Add the banana slices to the top then pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shimmy/shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar on top then place back in the oven under the broiler and broil for 20-30 seconds. Serve warm with an extra sprinkle of sugar or drizzle of maple syrup.

Notes:

Make Ahead Meal Idea: You can make this oatmeal the night before cooking, if you do this, place bananas on the bottom of the dish and not on top of the oats since they will brown slightly over night.*

*the wording of the recipe is entirely that of the Gallaghers*

xo,
Christy

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