Looking for a great lunchbox idea? Try our Apple Oat Bars recipe, which is healthy and sugar-free.
Like a lot of people, we are trying to be mindful of the amount of sugar we are consuming in our diet. I am not a bit supporter of totally sugar-free diets, really for me, I believe in moderation. But there are certainly times when I eliminate it all together consciously for a period of time to get my health back in order. As a general rule we don’t eat sugar daily, but treat it as it should be, a special occasion.
When I trial recipes, I love using sugar alternatives such as Xylitol, Natvia, Stevia drops, coconut sugar or rapadura. All are much healthier options than processed sugar. Most recipes also use too much sugar in my option. In this recipe, I have just used stewed apples as the sweetener along with some honey. This works really well, but if you are someone who is just new to eating sugar-free, you may need a little more sweetener in this oat recipe, so taste along the way to make sure that your taste buds are being satisfied. It’s too late when it is in the oven.
- 2 large or 3 small green apples
- 1 cup of GF Quick Oats (coming soon) put the link in to grind your oats for the moment
- 1 cup of GF Oats
- ½ cup of gluten-free flour or flour of choice
- 2 tbsps. of chia seed
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 35g melted butter or coconut oil
- 2 tbsps. of GF raw honey (coming soon)
In a bowl, add in your dry ingredients and mix until combined. Melt your butter on the stove or in the microwave. Chop up your apples roughly, if you cut them down small, they will cook faster, up to you. Stew the apples again, on the stove or in the microwave. Just add a little water and heat on high for about 2 minutes or stew on the stove for about 5 minutes.
I blended the apples in the Theromix, but any blender or hand stick will do. We really need it blended to get some moisture in the mix. Add all the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and hand blend. I do this because I want to maintain the texture of the oats. If you blend it all you break down the whole steamed rolled oats.
Use a small baking dish lined with some baking paper and smooth out the oat mixture so it is evenly pressed across the tray.
Bake in a moderate oven about 160oC, I don’t use a hot oven when baking with gluten-free flours and raw ingredients, for about 35minutes or until the top starts to brown.
Once it cools cut into your desired serving sizes, large or small.
TIP: Swap black chia seeds for white if you are wanting to disguise them, but don’t miss them out as they do help hold the ingredients together. If you think your mixture is a little dry add a tbsp. of water at a time.