These soft & chewy oatmeal squares taste and smell like warm apple pie. High in fibre and slow releasing carbohydrates they make the perfect on the go breakfast or mid-morning/afternoon snack. Chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fats which support heart health by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol levels and inflammation. There’s also solid evidence that oats can help lower blood cholesterol thanks to the power of beta-glucan, a soluble fibre found in oats.
Ingredients (makes 9)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3 tbsp. chia seeds (I use white chia as less noticeable for kids)
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup apple puree/sauce (stew 2 apples in a little water or buy apple sauce, unsweetened preferably)
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp. honey, optional (agave, brown rice/maple syrup work well too)
- Set the oven to 180 degrees and line an 8X8 inch baking tin with parchment paper. (I lightly rub coconut oil onto the tin to allow the parchment paper to stick and leave overhang on all sides for easy removal.)
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon and chia seeds.
- Stir the honey into the melted coconut oil, if using. Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients and bit by bit, add the melted coconut oil and apple sauce, mixing well as you go.
- Transfer the mixture into the baking tray. Use the back of a spoon to spread the mixture evenly throughout the tin, take a minute to do this well for best results.
- Bake in the oven for approx. 25 mins until firm and golden.
- Allow to cool in the tin for 20 mins then carefully transfer to a wire rack to fully cool for another 30 mins (cutting too early may cause crumbling). Cut into 9 squares and keep in an air tight container for up to 4 days.
Elsa Jones is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and author of bestselling book ‘Goodbye Sugar’. She works as a nutrition consultant in a Dublin practice and also internationally via her online nutrition programs. She specialise’s in motivational weight management combining effective nutrition & mind-set strategies. www.elsajonesnutrition.ie