Strawberry Quinoa Oatmeal Bars

Holyfrigginmoly…the most magnificent of all the mavens was birthed twenty-five years ago!!!!

Strawberry Quinoa Oatmeal Bars

In honor of surviving a quarter of a century, Arman, Lee and I had to show a certain lady friend some serious love. Davida and I bonded a couple years ago over oats and kale and Tinder and Judaism and all the healthy things. We’ve never actually met, but I’ve seen her gorg face (and her boyfriend C’s gorg face) enough times through Skype that we’re basically like old friends. I feel like I’ve known the girl since Moses parted the Red Sea.

She’s not only an uber talented mint chocolate protein bar creator, but she’s also a whiz with Pinterest and photography and all that behind the scenes bloggy jazz.  She has honestly helped me and my blog tremendously, and all from the goodness of her gluten-free heart. Wait. Did I mention she’s hilarious? And like really pretty, too?

Strawberry Quinoa Oatmeal Bars

OKAY FINE I HAVE A CRUSH ON THE HEALTHY MAVEN. Anyways, I whipped up these bodacious bars and photographed them and ate them and everything, thinking they’d be the perfect treat to celebrate all twenty five years of Davida’s lovely life. And then something funny happened. I realized they were chock full of gluten. Davida can’t eat gluten. Ummmmmmmmmmm. That’s like her making me a steak for my birthday.

I texted Arman in a frenzy wondering how to resolve my conundrum and then I realized that you should all just buy her Healthy Breakfast e-Cookbook, snag her homemade gluten-free flour blend and use THAT to make these instead of spelt flour. It’s allllllll good.

I’m so smart. I kind of just totally turned my mistake into the best excuse ever to buy her ebook (which is actually super fantastical).

Strawberry Quinoa Oatmeal Bars

Should we talk about how tasty these bars are errr no? Well, they’re really quite delish. They’re not the healthiest bar ever per say, but they are packed with 100% whole grain goodness from the spelt flour and oats. Plus they’re sweetened with an innocent amount of coconut sugar and pure maple syrup. And they even have quinoa hidden in them!! The nerve.

No one even has to know. I won’t say anything if you don’t say anything. After you’re done swan diving into these bars, be sure to head over to Arman and Lee’s blog for more birthday treats!

Strawberry Quinoa Oatmeal Bars

Happy, happy birthday to the most fabulous girly I’ve ever not met! I love ya more than spelt.

Strawberry Quinoa Oatmeal Bars
 
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These moist and perfectly sweet strawberry oatmeal bars are the perfect afternoon treat!
Alexis:
Recipe type: Snacks, Dessert
Serves: 12-15
Ingredients
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup spelt or whole wheat flour (or try Davida's gluten-free flour blend)
  • ¾ cup cooked quinoa
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup strawberry jam
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease an 8x8in baking dish with coconut oil or cooking spray.
  2. Combine oats, spelt flour, quinoa, coconut, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  3. Add maple syrup, applesauce, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir until combined.
  4. Set aside ½ cup of the oat mixture and then press the rest into the prepared pan. Top with strawberry jam, spreading evenly with a spoon or spatula.
  5. Sprinkle the rest of the oat mixture on top.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into 12-16 bars.
  7. Store in the refrigerator.
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Comments

  1. says

    THANK YOU LOVE BUG!!!! You know the girl crush is OH SO MUTUAL. Like fo real. I knew from the second I read your blog that you were gonna be HUGE. You don’t need me, I just want to be a part of the process of watching you grow into the incredible blogger/person/entrepreneur/stunner/halfofasuperhotcouple that you are! LOVE YOU LONG TIME. thankkkkkk you <3
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  2. Timaree says

    These sound really good. I keep looking for recipes to treat my son with. He’s a vegan whereas I am not but he’s my boy (even if he is 41) and I like to make him happy. I know you were joking about not telling anyone about the quinoa and I wouldn’t, except that quinoa gives my daughter stomachaches so I’d have to warn her and let her decide if it was worth trying. My granddaughter is close to being a vegan. If she can move past butter and cheese she will be there so I think these cookie bars might make my holiday baking list. Then two people will be really happy!

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