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Versatile Oatmeal Bar!

I’m really excited about this recipe! A friend asked me to make a snack with little to no sugar and some good carbs. After some thinking, I decided to just try a simple oatmeal bar and they turned out great! What I love about these bars is that you can make them to fit your taste! I, personally, wouldn’t recommend just the simple oat bar itself because it is VERY sweet, but if you like sweet stuff, you’ll like it! These bars are chewy; so don’t expect a crunchy bar! Below, I made 3 variations of this bar, and have included the calorie count for each!

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Simple Oatmeal Bar

Servings: 2 (1 square per serving)

Amount per serving:

  • With the ½ c oats: 75 calories- 16g carbs- 2g fat- 6g protein- 1g sugar
  • With scant ½ c oats (you will have to add the calories of the ingredient you mixed in with this count—see the bottom note): 57 calorie- 10g carbs- 1g fat- 2g protein- 1g sugar

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs Water
  • ½ c Splenda (or other calorie free-sugar free substitute)
  • ½ c Old Fashioned Oats (or 6 tbs if youre added a “solid” ingredient—see the note below!!)
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. In a sauce pan, heat water and Splenda on medium. This will make a simple syrup and will thicken as the water heats up. Make sure to stir this constantly.
  2. After a couple minutes of stirring, stop. If you notice a film develop on the top of your heated mixture, it’s done!
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the salt.
  4. Once that’s done, add your oats! Stir well and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes before placing into a greased (non-stick spray)pan. Image
  5. Let them sit for an hour or so (until they become solid enough to pick up), cut each bar in half, and enjoy!

If you decide to add ingredients, mix them in when you mix in the oats.

I added 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice to this one (if you add pumpkin spice-it is very good but add 2 tsp, not 1! The taste was there, but not enough for my liking!):

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The nutrition for the pumpkin spice bar is: 78 calories- 16g carbs- 2g fat- 3g protein- 1g sugar

I added 2 tbs crushed pretzels (about 3 mini pretzels) to this one:

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The nutrition for the pretzel bar is: 66 calories- 12g carbs- 1g fat- 2g protein- 1g sugar

I added 1 tbs chocolate chips to this one-this one was my favorite!:

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The nutrition for the chocolate bar is: 90 calories- 15g carbs- 3g fat- 3g protein- 5g sugar

***A little tip: If you add something like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, use the original ½ c oats. If you add something more “solid” (like pretzels, dried cranberries, peanuts, chocolate chips etc.) add 2 tbs of that ingredient and decrease the oats to a scant (about 2 tbs less) ½ cup oats! If you want the precise measurement, it would be 2 tbs of your ingredient and 6 tbs of oats.

If you take them on the go, be sure to wrap them in wax paper! They get a little sticky!

Enjoy!

Directions for easy printing

  1. In a sauce pan, heat water and Splenda on medium. This will make a simple syrup and will thicken as the water heats up. Make sure to stir this constantly.
  2. After a couple minutes of stirring, stop. If you notice a film develop on the top of your heated mixture, it’s done!
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the salt.
  4. Once that’s done, add your oats (or 6tbs oat and 2 tbs of other ingredient—or full 1/c oats and desired amount of spice)! Stir well and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes before placing into a greased (non-stick spray) pan.
  5. Let them sit for an hour or so (until they become solid enough to pick up), cut each bar in half, and enjoy!

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