By now I’m sure a good portion of you have celebrated the holidays and have partaken in waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much Christmas foods. And of course I’m sure everything you ate was totally healthy and good for you….riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight? LOL Yeah, right… save it for Santa and his naughty list. I know better! Heck we all inhaled stuff that we shouldn’t have or better yet, ate more than we should have AND didn’t work out. While even yours truly did partake in all of the holidays yummies, I did work out. Yep, even on Christmas day yours truly was at the gym for 2.5 hours. Insane I know but hey I love my chocolate molten lava cake however my thighs like it a whole lot more. LOL
These bars were so delicious that I made a double batch of them (the 2nd time I made them) just to keep them on hand at all times. I make them, chill them, cut ’em and then store them in the freezer. Now I prefer to eat them straight out of the freezer. They aren’t super hard but they are hard enough that my orthodontist would probably have a conniption if he knew I ate them like that.
What I do is then, once cut is wrap them in some parchment (you can use wax paper) and then place them either in a freezer safe container or in a freezer bag. These truly are my go-to snack when I want something sweet or even late at night. Plus with having kept them in the freezer these travel well while I’m at the gym working out for a few hours. This is packed with protein and carbs to keep my energy level up and help replenish what I burned off (sans the fat and bad calories.. LOL).
So yeah as I was saying with all of the sweets, breads and stuff I had to make over the holidays, temptation got the better of me. Now you all know I’m not a hardcore sweets person but I do have to taste test the stuff I produce. I mean Mr. Fantabulous can only eat so many cookies, brownies, candies and breads. Plus I made him his 7lb tray of Struffoli (Italian Honey balls covered in 9,876,234 nonpareils) as I do every year which means all other foods (sweets) cease to exist in his world. Have you guys ever had Struffoli? See prior to meeting Mr. Fantabulous I had never heard of these ‘tings. So when I tried it for the first time at his family let’s just say I was so not a fan. They are nothing more than teeny fried dough balls that are in this sticky honey sauce and then covered with all those nonpareils. They were just.. blah; no WOW factor for him. However to an Italian family they are the best ‘tings ever. So needless to say I’ve been making him these for years, 7 pounds at a time and he eats the entire thing.
Anyway, while he’s busy nomming on them, I’m in heaven eating these bars in total happiness.
Now you can make these as bars, shape them into round balls or heck, place them in the pan and when they are chilled, take a cookie cutter to them in your favorite shape (like say… a pig or an apple… no, go with the pig as pigs rock!).Print
- 3 cuts rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup oat flour *See note
- 1/3 cup Syntrax Nectars Sweets Apple Ecstasy
- 1 gala apple, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated is best
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 cup cinnamon chips
- 1/2 cup Apple Butter
- 1/3 cup flaxseed
- 1/4 cup honey or 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Place all ingredients in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle blade and blend until incorporated.
- Taste for seasoning.
- Line a 9×13” pan with parchment paper.
- Empty the apple mixture into the pan and using a spatula spread it out and press down firm. I actually took a 2nd piece of parchment paper and laid that on top then used the bottom of a measuring cup to compact it.
- Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.
- Remove from the fridge, cut into bars and store in an air tight container in the fridge (or freezer)
To make 1 cup of oat flour:
Place1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats in the food processor and pulse/pulverize until you have a powder.