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Yum right? Raspberry Oat Bars filled with chewy oats, sweet raspberry filling, crunchy granola topping. All the makings of a perfect bar for breakfast or dessert. Or a snack. And could even be lunch if you’re in a hurry!
Oats are a powerhouse of nutrition. Oat bran is high in beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that can help lower blood cholesterol levels, thus possible reducing the risk of heart attacks.
Regular consumption of oatmeal may reduce the risk of heart disease in women in other ways than through cholesterol reduction. The Nurses’ Health Study found that those who ate oatmeal five or more times per week had a heart disease risk reduction of 29 percent.
Oats can reduce blood pressure. A study in Minnesota looked at a group of people who were taking medication for high blood pressure. Half of them were asked to consume about 5 grams of soluble fiber per day in the form of one and a half cups of oatmeal and an oat-based snack, while the other half ate cereals and snacks with little soluble fiber. The people who were consuming the oats showed a significant reduction in blood pressure.
So try these Raspberry Oat Bars. Besides being totally yummy, they are super healthy too!
Raspberry Oat Bars
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grind 1 1/2 cups of the rolled oats into a flour using a coffee grinder (or just substitute regular flour here).
- Add rolled oats, ground oats, baking powder, coconut sugar and salt in one bowl and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, squish the 1/2 banana with a fork until there are no chunks, and stir together with the maple syrup. and vanilla extract.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until everything is combined well.
- Add mixture (but set aside 1/2 cup for topping) to a oiled or non-stick 8×8 baking dish and squish down evenly.
- Add fruit spread in an even layer, then crumble on remaining oat mixture. *If you want the top layer to be a bit crunchier and more flavorful, brush on a bit of oil and coconut sugar or raw sugar.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top begins to brown and the fruit spread is all bubble.Allow to cool completely before cutting into, and enjoy!
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