Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast-Snack Bars Recipe! Vegan | Dairy-Free | Gluten-Free

Happy 2019 Friends!

Woohoo a new year! An opportunity to put the past in the past and focus on the future.

Lots of people are saying “new year, new me.” And I know that comes from a positive place. But, I think it should be “new year, same freakin’ awesome me!” Not me personally, but you! Each of you. We all have strengths and weaknesses. We can always improve. But we don’t need a totally new self! Let’s just set attainable goals that will make us FEEL GREAT & BE HAPPY.

“I Want to Eat Healthy”

I love sweets. I’m a chocolate girl. And I don’t want to give up my dessert! It makes me happy! I (and you) can have dessert AND also eat healthfully! It’s all about moderation, balance, and ingredients. One of my goals has been to create scrumptious, satisfying recipes that have health benefits too. This here is one of them.

Healthy Dessert Bars

These bars are sweet enough to be a dessert, but really they’re also healthy enough to be a snack, or even a grab-n-go breakfast.

I love these bars because…

  1. They’re dairy-free! Gluten-free! Vegan!
  2. They’re quick & easy to make.
  3. They’re loaded with nutrients – the fiber, the whole grains, the protein, the healthy fats = LOVE.
  4. They’re so satisfying!! All of the ingredients combine to create a nutty yet creamy, slightly chocolaty, peanut buttery experience that will curb your hunger and keep you satisfied!
  5. Grab-n-Go friendly. I’ve been bringing one with me to have as a snack at work every day. You could also grab one going out the door to work/school/errands!
  6. They’re versatile! Don’t have maca powder? No prob! Leave it out and add in 1 additional Tablespoon of cacao powder. Sub in your fav nut butter in place of peanut butter. Use pumpkin seeds in place of sunflower seeds. Whatever you have on hand or feel like throwing in there!

Bars Recipe Time!

Ok, I’m hungry, you’re hungry. Let’s do this!

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment here & tag @thefetchingfoodie on Instagram! I’d love to see! 

Recipe makes 1 8×8 inch pan, about 9 bars.

Ingredients:
1 cup oats (gluten-free if needed)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flaxseeds
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 Tablespoon maca powder
1 Tablespoon cacao powder
1/2 cup peanut butter 
1/4 cup maple syrup, or honey (honey is not Vegan)
dash of sea salt
Maldon salt to sprinkle on top, optional

Directions:
1) Line an 8×8 inch square pan with parchment paper. Set ‘er aside.

2) In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the Maldon salt. Mix it all together with a rubber spatula or wood spoon.

3) Dump your bars mixture into your prepared 8×8 inch pan. Using your wooden spoon, rubber, spatula or your hands, press the dough firmly and evenly into the pan.

4) Sprinkle the Maldon sea salt on top. You’ll get a subtle salt burst with each bite. It’s good. I promise.

5) Refrigerate the bars for at least 2 hours or overnight. Then cut ’em, and eat ’em!

6) Store the bars in an air-tight container in the fridge. Take one out whenever you want to eat it! They’ll last at least 2 weeks (they’ve never lasted longer than that in my house…) 🙂

These also freeze well! I froze half of the batch. When you’re ready for it, simply put them in the fridge the night before, and they’ll be ready by breakfast time.

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!! What other types of recipes do you want to see this 2019?? 🙂

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