I know it is not even mid August yet but it is already starting to feel like fall around here. The winds have changed and the need to bake begins!
I have been torn however since I have not done much baking since going gluten free. Baking without flour (I refuse to buy anything labeled “gluten free”) seems tricky!
So I started playing around with oats! Let me tell you, these oatmeal bars are delicious and just as satisfying as anything else laced with wheat! I made them for a pot luck party and they went over so well that I had to make another whole batch for myself!
- 2 medium bananas
- 1 3/4 cups oats
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate
- 1/8 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350c and grease a 9×9 pan. Mix all ingredients together (try microwaving the peanut butter first to make it easier) and bake for 20 minutes.
It really couldn’t be easier and I love this recipe since I always have the ingredients on hand. Perfect for a fast dessert, healthy enough for breakfast and delicious enough for a party!
Yesterday I made one of my favourite recipes, spiced rhubarb jam (scroll down to find the recipe post). If you have had rhubarb, you know that although there many health benefits, it is a terribly sour fruit.
We are beginning a slow cut back of sugar at my house (we just eliminated wheat, so we don’t want to go to far too fast on this journey and put ourselves in a state of shock) so I reduced the amount of sugar…a lot! Needless to say, eating it alone was sort of painful 😖
A miracle came out of this though! I put a tablespoon of the jam in a cup with a tablespoon of all natural peanut butter and let me tell you, it was one of the best snacks I have ever had! Not the most calorie friendly, but if you are a fan of PB & J sandwiches and have decided to go gluten free, this may be your favourite snack too! I didn’t even miss the bread!
The key was to heat the jam so that it melts the peanut butter. I not sure if it would work with normal sweetened peanut butter or overly sweet jam, but the Natural PB and the sourness and spiciness of the rhubarb jam were insanely addicting!
It was so good, I had another PB & J cup for dessert!!!!
Has anyone else ever done this?