Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Oatmeal Breakfast Squares

Above you can see all that was left from our breakfast yesterday, one lonely little square that I defended long enough to snap a picture. They are ravenous, these kids of mine. I double every recipe and add lots of fruit and vegetables alongside everything but still their appetite is amazing. In my search for easy, nutritious, and yummy breakfast items I have made quite a few unusual things. This however, was a hit from the first round. I adapted the recipe to use unrefined sweetener and to be vegan. In the last two months we have switched to a mainly vegan diet for health reasons and it has been surprisingly easy and nice. Many pregnancy problems I have chronically experienced have disappeared and I have a lot more energy. So, when I can, I convert recipes to use no eggs or dairy. These oatmeal squares were super easy to adapt and they are delicious. A pan of them provided a great camping breakfast for us last week so keep that in mind if you are planning to do any camping this summer.
A word about substituting eggs, this recipe uses a "flax egg" which is one tablespoon of flax meal and 3 tablespoons of water. Mix it in the liquid ingredient just like you would mix in the egg. Of course, you can use an egg if you want. The best thing about vegan baking is that you can eat the dough/batter! Talk about liberating. A healthy fear of salmonella was instilled in me at a young age and I must say that I have been enjoying the vegan chocolate chip cookie dough I've been making and I haven't been quite as diligent in scraping out the cake batter bowl as I have been in the past. Pretty fun!

Oatmeal Breakfast Squares

1 flax egg, see above (or use 1 egg)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup rice milk (or whatever milk you use)
1/4 cup oil
1 1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup nuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients and spread in a greased 8 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Cool for a few minutes and cut into squares. I double this recipe and bake it in a 9 x 13 inch pan. You can add diced apples or any dried fruit you like.
I hope your family enjoys this as much as we have!


Melly said...

MMMMM! these look and sound wonderful you made me want to eat breakfast all over again :) I'll let you know how we like them. Thanks for sharing!

Green Acres in the City said...

OMG that is so what we are having for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks for sharing! YUM!

Kristin said...

Uh, can you add chocolate?
I'll let you know how ours turn out.
This just might delay a trip to the store for a day. :)

Larissa said...

These bars look so yummy and the recipe is so simple and healthy. I just made your sesame noodle recipe tonight and it was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. You are brave to go vegan with the kiddos too - i bet my guys would eat more fruits and veggies too if their bellies weren't full of chicken and hamburger.