Monday, May 12, 2008

Blueberry Oat Bars

Took my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie batter and turned it into an awesome Blueberry Oat Bar. My Mum will occasionally eat something very similar to this at Starbuck's. Of course my version has no white flour or added sugar and well the one at Starbuck's I am sure has tons of both. These rock! Soooo yummy.

Shelly's Blueberry Oat Bars

1/4 cup Raw Almonds, ground
1/2 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
1/4 cup Soy Flour (7 g. of protein per 1/4 cup)
2 scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used Caramel)
2 Tablespoons Almond Butter
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
dash of Salt
1/3 cup Nuts, chopped (I used Pecans & Walnuts)
1/4 cup Dried Fruit (I used Raisins and Unsweetened Dried Cranberries)
10 Sugar Free Chocolate Baking Discs (or 4 miniature bars), chopped

Preheat oven to 350. In a mini food processor whiz almonds, 1/4 cup of the oats, soy flour, 1 scoop of the protein powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt till fine. *Add Torani syrup and whiz again. In a separate dish beat egg and almond butter together. Combine both. Add additional scoop of protein, the other 1/4 cup of oats, nuts, fruit and chocolate pieces. Spread 3/4 of the oatmeal batter into a parchment paper lined Pyrex dish (8x7).


Spread with blueberry filling over oat base. Drop plops of the remaining oatmeal batter on top of blueberries. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into bars.


Blueberry Filling

1 cup Fresh Blueberries
1 teaspoon Water
2 teaspoons Corn Starch
2 teaspoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup

Heat blueberries and water on low till blueberries begin to burst. You can help them along by smooshing (is that a word?) them. Mix Torani and corn starch together and set aside. When the are all smooshed and warm add the Torani/starch mixture. Stir for 30 seconds and remove from heat.


Cooking notes: If you've made the cookies before you'll note I took the vanilla extract out of the cookie batter because I used SF Vanilla Torani in the blueberries and I didn't want to overpower the vanilla flavor and the cooking temperature and time is different. Also when making the oatmeal batter *be sure to add the Torani syrup to the dry ingredients.


Speaking of Mum we had a nice Mother's Day at the beach. We walked for miles and miles. We came home and I crashed but she was still going strong. How's that work?!? I bought her some flowers at the Farmer's Market and her usual goodies Austrian Fruit Bread and Scones. She is a carb-o-holic and loves her pastries but she thankfully has the metabolism of a 14 year old boy (I did not inherit this.) We hung out at our favorite people watching Starbuck's. I still owe her a seafood dinner. We were planning on going on Sunday but she decided we'd do it another day.


9 comments:

DCY said...

I just found your blog from reading a discussion reply at the Gastric Bypass Surgery Group Support on dailystrength.org. I am so happy to have found your blog with all these yummy sounding recipes. I can't wait to try some. I had GBS six months ago and have lost 80 pounds. Thanks for your tried and true recipes that will help me continue with my weight loss. You are a truly funny lady. Several of your posts made me laugh out loud.

Lacy said...

hello michelle!

I have a question for you...are all your recipes suitable for someone in their first year? I'm a couple days away from being four months out and just wondering if these blueberry oat bars would be appropriate for for an every so often treat?

thanks!
Lacy

Michelle said...

Hey dcy, So glad you found me. I'll have to check dailystrength out.

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Hey lacy,

I would think you nut would LOVE the recipe as a treat or breakfast choice (no added sugar, no white flour, antioxidants, whole grains, protein) but you know everyone's plan is different bring her/him the recipe and have her check it out.

~Michelle

Barb Del Piano said...

Ok Eggface THIS IS WAR! I just ran out of printer paper because I've been printing up ALL OF THESE FANTASTIC RECIPES! If you would only give us recipes that tasted like pine bark, or cardboard I WOULDN'T HAVE THIS PROBLEM! ALL of your recipes are AWESOME!! (and good for us?? How did you do that??)

Michelle said...

Barb,

Save a tree and your printer ink. I've had the blog for over 2 years the recipes aren't going anywhere. I promise.

~Michelle

Donna said...

Here's something cool, if you didn't already know.

If you take fresh blueberries, and a Tablespoon of OJ for every 2 pints of berries and simmer, they will become thick, like a compote! I make this mixture and add it to plain yogurt. I also add a little vanilla extract and Stevia.

Anyway, just thought I'd share this. Your blueberry recipe reminded me of that.

AJ said...

Hi Eggface! Thanks for all the yummy food ideas. I want to make these so bad, but I don't have vanilla protein powder and i can't find the kind you recommend anywhere (web or retail). Any lternative suggestions? I have plain protein powder.

Michelle said...

Hey aj,

Sure you could try it. I think vanilla would be better... I'd just get whatever vanilla they are selling at GNC or Vitamin Shoppe. Matrix, whatever brand.

Hope you like them. I'm trying another version tonight when the weather cools down :)

Bonnie said...

My Shelly,

I just made these but didn't have fresh blueberries I had fresh strawberries so I used them instead. You may even have the recipe on your blog here somewhere made with strawberries! I also didn't have soy flour so I used whole wheat, and replaced almonds with walnuts. lol I guess I wasn't as prepared to made them as I thought! but they still turned out so yummy! Thanks so much for all your fantastic recipes!