These can be made gluten-free or with a no-bake option!
- 1 cup rolled oats (for all substitution notes, see nutrition link below)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup rice crispies (brown, white, or gluten-free)
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp oat flour (see recipe instructions below for an easy substitution) 55g
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp coconut oil or veg oil (See nutrition link below for notes on a fat-free version.)
- 1/4 cup agave (Honey will also work, but not for strict vegans.)
- 1-2 packs stevia (up to 1/16 tsp uncut) or 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar or extra liquid sweetener
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp applesauce (banana would probably work as well, or pumpkin!)
- Ideas for the add-ins: mini chocolate chips, chopped raisins or other dried fruit, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, etc.
Unless you’re doing the no-bake option, preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all dry ingredients and mix very well. (If you don’t have oat flour: simply grind rolled oats in a food processor to make oat flour. Be sure to measure the correct amount of flour for the recipe after grinding, not before.) In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Stir wet into dry and use another sheet of parchment (or wax) paper to squish evenly-coated mixture into a parchment-lined 7×5 pan (or double the recipe for a 9×13). Squish very, very hard, with a can or something heavy. Either fridge until firm (the no-bake option is firmer if you use coconut oil), or cook 18 minutes, then squish very hard again. Cool in the fridge for at least ten minutes before cutting into bars.
Nutritional info per bar:
- Calories: 135
- Fat: 5 g
- Carbs: 21 g
- Protein: 2 g
- Fiber: 3.5 g
- ww points (new system): 3 points
I’ve not tried these bars with another flour in place of the oat flour, but I’d love to know the results if anyone wants to experiment (especially if someone wants to try coconut flour!). Same goes if you want to experiment with a different cereal in place of the rice crispies or use quick oats.
I also haven’t tried replacing the oil with applesauce or nut butter, and I can’t predict the results if you make one of these substitutions. But as always, feel free to experiment.
Some commenters have reported success with maple syrup :). If anyone wants to try the bars with date paste or brown rice syrup as the sweetener, please report back with the results.
All other substitutions: I can only vouch for the results of the bars if you make them exactly according to the recipe, as this is the only way I’ve tried them. I can’t give out any other substitution ideas or tell you if a certain substitution will work. The only way to know is to try (and to not be upset if the trial yields less-than-stellar results!).
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