BUCKWHEAT OATMEAL SNACK BARS

You guys. These bars!!

So, this semester, I’ve been taking “Nutrition for Sports Performance” and we’ve been looking at that whole My Plate recommendations and I’ve discovered that I don’t really eat enough grains and I’m trying to change that.  My diet has changed so much over the past few years and I definitely do well with protein and fat (maybe too well in this area. I <3 nut butter. YOLO!) but I’m pretty lacking in grains. With as much as I love oatmeal and bread, it came as a shock to me too!

buckwheat oatmeal bars!

So, I’m trying to figure out ways to add more grains into my diet (and maybe not eat as much nut butter and avocado? um…NEVER!).  I did a search on good gluten-free grains (looking for a variety here) and I discovered buckwheat flour.  Buckwheat flour comes from whole grain buckwheat (duh! haha) and it’s PACKED with magnesium, copper, and dietary fiber.  Why is copper important? Your body actually uses it to help absorb iron, it works WITH iron to help the body metabolize oxygen, and it’s also involved in bone formation. PRETTY IMPORTANT STUFF! Where do you find copper? Seafoods, meats, nuts, beans, and whole-grain products (like buckwheat flour).

Anyhoooo….buckwheat flour has a fabulous nutty and earthy flavor and I figured it was going to pair quite nicely with some oats. 🙂

Buckwheat Oatmeal snack bars

I decided to change things up a bit and cook them in my cast iron skillet to be fancy and super impressive. Cuz that’s totally how I roll.

Okay, honestly, my knee was stiff and I couldn’t reach my square baking pans because they were in the WAAAYYYY far back of a really long lower cabinet so I just grabbed the closest thing. Ta-DA! 😀

These bars are so good! They puffed up so beautifully – it’s almost like eating a delicious pillow! haha YES, that’s a GOOD thing. TRUST ME!

Buckwheat oatmeal snack bars

They are absolutely jam crammed with goodness – protein from an egg and some Siggi’s vanilla yogurt, sweetness from a mashed banana and some pure maple syrup (absolutely NO refined sugars!!), and extra flavor from some dried blueberries. These bars are the perfect addition to ANY breakfast or as a mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up with a piece of fruit. Don’t forget to slather it with your favorite nut butter!

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BUCKWHEAT OATMEAL SNACK BARS
These gluten free buckwheat oatmeal snack bars are the perfect addition to any healthy breakfast or as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Sweetened only with maple syrup, these bars are packed with all the good things to make your day great.
buckwheat oatmeal snack bars
Course Snacks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Course Snacks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
buckwheat oatmeal snack bars
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients (oats through salt).
  3. In a small bowl, mash the banana. Add the beaten egg and mix. Add remaining wet ingredients (yogurt through milk) and stir well to blend.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir to combine. Mixture will seem too thick at first but will come together quite nicely. Fold in dried blueberries.
  5. Spray 9-inch cast iron skillet with cooking spray or brush with melted ghee or coconut oil. Pour batter into skillet and place into oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean (please check after 20 minutes!).
  6. Remove to wire rack to cool. Bars will start to pull away from the sides of the skillet. Cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares.
  7. Eat as is, serve with yogurt, top with nut butter, etc. NOM!
Recipe Notes

*Feel free to use dried fruit of choice.  My first batch had raisins and they were good but I think the blueberry is better. But, I LOVE blueberries. If dried blueberries aren't your thing, add whatever you wish. Dried cherries would be great here, too!

*If you only have plain Greek yogurt, increase vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon.

*Feel free to add 1/2 cup chopped nuts, if you desire.

*If you don't have pure maple syrup, you can substitute raw honey.  The taste will change slightly but it will still be yummy! 🙂

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4 COMMENTS

  1. San | 11th Jul 17

    Give me all the grains! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
    Another good alternative might be granola, if you’re looking for ways to eat more grains… there are tons of ways to make it at home and I’ve worked on getting the oil/sugar content to the bare minimum where I still get a crunchy granola! I’d be happy to send you my recipe!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 12th Jul 17

      I would LOVE to have your recipe! I’ve been wanting to make my own granola but just haven’t gotten there yet. And you know, that’s a great way to get more/different grains. Thank you!

  2. Chocolaterunsjudy | 11th Jul 17

    These sound delicious! I’m all about alternative grains. 🙂 And of course I’d probably put in dark chocolate covered blueberries . . . cause that’s how I roll!

    I’m envious of that course. I love nutrition! And I often wonder if I’m eating enough, or enough of the right stuff, etc.Or too much chocolate, heaven forbid!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 12th Jul 17

      Dark chocolate covered blueberries would be SO GOOD in these!! Why didn’t I think of that???!

      And there’s no such thing as too much chocolate. NEVER!

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