Okay, okay, I’m not really eating cookies for lunch. I mean, ahem, not that I’ve never done that, but it’s not exactly a great way to feel good about yourself… What I have been eating is these Oatmeal Raisin “Cookie” Bars, which seriously taste like cookies when you warm them up but are totally guilt-free. Sometimes the term “guilt-free” is used leniently, but these bars really are healthy, made with almond meal and oat flour and sweetened with bananas. If you still don’t believe me, just keep reading and looking at the ingredients below!
These were a big hit at my house, and certain people have been hounding me to post them on my blog. I really like eating them with some fruit for lunch because I can satisfy my appetite and feel good about what I’ve eaten. This is a simple, recipe too, so there’s no excuse not to make them ;)
Oatmeal Raisin “Cookie Bars”
(makes 15 bars)
2 cups almond meal (ground almonds)
1 cup oat flour (ground oats)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 bananas)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups raisins (use unsweetened for sugar free)
Oven Temperature: 350 F
Note: These bars will be gluten-free if made with gluten-free oats.
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the almond meal, oat flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
2. In a separate bowl, rapidly whip the mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla extract for about a minute. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
3. Stir in the oats and raisins.
4. Pour the batter into a greased 7″ x 11″ glass baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing into 15 bars.
5. For best results, store the bars in the freezer individually wrapped with plastic wrap, unless consuming quickly. Bars can be removed from the freezer and brought to room temperature or (my preference) warmed up in the microwave to eat.