Before embarking on making this particular oatmeal bar, you might want to look at the other options. I’ve also posted an easy Oatmeal Breakfast Bar Recipe, plus one with directions on how to use amaranth, in this Hi Protein Breakfast Bar Recipe (amaranth is especially high in protein, but trickier to use and have it taste good).
This recipe makes a giant batch, but it portions up into squares that I can wrap (and even freeze). Since it keeps so well, it makes it worth the effort.
Keep in mind that this is a versatile recipe; you can increase or decrease most ingredients to suit personal tastes, or add different dried fruits, or add spices instead of vanilla and almond extract. Makes 12-16 large bars.
- 1 1/3 c. whole raw buckwheat groats
- 1 1/3 c. quinoa (red or other)
- 1 1/3 c. steel-cut oats
- 2 c. boiling water
- 1 c. coconut oil
- 1/4 c. chia seeds (soaked in 1/2 c. water)
- 1 1/3 c. diced dates, raisins, or other dried fruits
- 1 c. coconut palm sugar
- 1 c. coconut oil
- 2/3 c. macadamias, cashews, or other favorite nut/seed
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. almond extract (or substitute spices)
- 2 tsp. salt
1. Soak the buckwheat, quinoa, and steel-cut oats for one day. The following day, rinse, drain, and let sit one more day in a large strainer, in dark cupboard. Use: > 1 1/3 c. whole raw buckwheat groats > 1 1/3 c. quinoa (red or other) > 1 1/3 c. steel-cut oats
2. After a day of soaking and a day of sprouting, process about half the mixture in a blender or food processor- this will make the grains into a “batter”. (The other half of the grains can stay whole, to give the bars more texture.) Process only about two cups at a time if using the blender (so the blender isn’t over-taxed). While processing, add the following, so mixture is liquid enough to process better. Use: > 2 c. boiling water > 1 c. coconut oil
3. Set processed mixture aside; prepare other ingredients. Add chia seeds and water to a mixing bowl, letting the chia seeds absorb the liquid, stirring some if necessary. Use: > 1/4 c. chia seeds > 1/2 c. water
4. After chia seeds have softened, add to that bowl: > 1 c. coconut palm sugar 1 1/3 c. diced dates, raisins, or other dried fruits > 2/3 c. macadamias (or other favorite nut) > 2 tsp. vanilla > 1 tsp. almond extract (or cinnamon and other spices) > 2 tsp. salt
5. Stir until the mixture is blended, then stir in: > The processed grains, plus the extra (that didn’t get processed)
6. Add mixture to an oiled 13″x9″ pan.
7. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.
8. Turn oven off, let finish baking with oven off for 25 more minutes. Serve warm or cold.