So you know how Scot eats so much oatmeal made from steel-cut oats? Well, that means I have a [used to be] 50 lb bag of steel-cut oats in an airtight container in my basement! And I'm dying to find new ways to use them!
While sifting through different food blogs the other day, I happened upon this gal and a recipe she had for Cinnamon steel cut oat bars! I was intrigued so I read further. When I got done I had already calculated the fact that I had everything needed on hand and that these would make a nice after-dinner dessert-replacing treat!
I switched up a few things, like raisins instead of chocolate chips and PB in the bar instead as a garnish (since I didn't have pecans on hand). They turned out well - a little crunchy/chewy on the inside due to the oats that took as all by surprise. In retrospect, I think these squares make a great afternoon energy boost for the kids (or a tide-you-over snack pre-dinner), but they aren't hearty enough to be a breakfast substitute (unless you consumed about 4 of them!) and they are definitely not dessert martial for our house.
If you want a breakfast cookie- use these. And if you want a dessert, try this or this!
Next time, I may add some chocolate chips to see what that does.
How do you use your steel cut oats? I'd love to know!
Steel Cut Oat Bars
Makes 20 squares
- 1 1/2 c almond milk
- 1/4 c honey or brown sugar
- 2 t vanilla
- 1 1/2 c steel cut oats - dry
- 1/2 c flax seed
- 1 T Cinnamon
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- 1 c PB
- 1 c smashed banana (2 bananas) OR 1 c apple sauce maybe?
- Handful or two of chocolate chips (opt)
--In a larger bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together and mix well
-- Add wet to dry and stir until all combined.
-- Stir in the PB and banana until combined (and chocolate chips if using)
-- Spread in a greased 9x13 baking dish and bake for 50-60 minutes - until it's golden brown!