I was about to write that I’m mildly obsessed with oats right now but that would be a gross understatement. After months of eating oat bars every week you would think I’d be sick of them. But, I’m all but dreaming about oats.
The thing is, breastfeeding all night can make a person (me) ravenous come breakfast. By the time I get Noe fed and myself situated I could quite literally eat my own arm. Before Michael even leaves for work, I’m usually scarfing down something. That something of choice has mainly been oats in one form or another.
I’m eating a lot of peanut butter and jelly oats (I can share the super simple recipe I’m using soon) and the aforementioned oat bars in any number of variations but I thought I’d mix it up and make granola bars one day last week instead. These apricot oat bars are fairly simple to make so long as you don’t go breaking your glass dishware in the process, then try to clean it up before the dog walks over the pieces while the baby wails.
I used some of my homemade apple sauce in these but if you don’t have applesauce, I very rarely have it on hand, I’m pretty sure a mashed banana would also do the trick. I also used peanut butter but I think almond butter might be better in these with its milder, less distinct flavor.
And lastly, add anything you want to these. I was craving apricots but sub in any dried fruit or nut you prefer. Consider these a blank canvas.
- ½ cup nut butter of choice
- 5 medjool dates, pitted
- Dash of salt
- ½ cup applesauce or sub one mashed ripe banana
- ¼ cup dried apricots
- ¼ raisins
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- 2 cups oats, gluten-free if needed
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Grease a glass baking dish.
- In your food processor, add dates, nut butter and salt. Process until everything is smooth, about 2 minutes, then add applesauce for another 30 seconds until well combine.
- Next add apricots, raisins and chia seeds, pulse mixture a few times until everything is incorporated.
- Last pour in oats, don't turn on the processor, just mix the oats into the mixture.
- Pour oat mixture into glass baking dish, press and mold mixture so that everything is even.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown.
Enjoy and Exhale!