Baked Apple Pie Oat Bars + Maple Almond Granola

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Hello my beautiful breakfast loving friends!  

Being in the kitchen was my very first love. My nana who helped raise my sister and I taught me everything I know. I remember begging her to make her homemade sourdough bread, or our favorite egg custards. She has these cookbooks from the 40's, red and falling apart. I was/am so in love with them and their history.

Every meal she made was FULL of love--so cliché right? This woman can cook though and she taught me not just how to cook and bake, but to do it with passion or not at all. That's why I love food and making it so much. I feel bad for Jarod (my husband) who always wants to help me in the kitchen. It's so sweet and I love that he offers but that's my place. It doesn't matter if I'm heating up tea or making a big dinner, my soul is on fire in there. I love it.

I've haven't always been a huge breakfast person but for the past 4 years it's been my favorite meal. One that I don't like to rush, I like to sit down and relax while eating this first meal.

I know not everyone has that kind of time though, so today I created two really delicious recipes that you can make on a Sunday and they will last you through the week.

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Apple Pie Baked Oat Bars

These are the perfect breakfast or mid day snack, and this makes a pretty decent batch. Enough for at least one week of breakfasts.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups oat flour (blend oatmeal until fine)
  • 2 cups whole rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 whole apple sliced thin
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine oats (flour and rolled), coconut sugar and spices and mix together.
  3. Add in all liquid ingredients +baking powder and mix
  4. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with coconut oil or PAM ect
  5. Pour half the batter in then lay your apple slices on the batter until its covered
  6. Pour the remaining batter over the apple slices
  7. Top with nuts and a sprinkle of nutmeg
  8. Bake at 350 for 30 min or until cooked all the way through

 

Maple Almond Granola

This is the PERFECT granola to top on your greek yogurt or fruit in the morning. Why? I tell all my clients to start the morning with some protein, ideally protein +healthy fat to fuel their brains for the day and meet weight loss goals. This granola has almonds+coconut oil in it, giving it two sources of awesome healthy fats.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp melted  coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit of choice--I like raisins the best
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts--I like almonds
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract--you can use any flavor you want

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix everything in a bowl with your hands
  3. Spread evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 min or until perfectly golden brown

 

Do you love cooking? If so, what/who taught you and inspired that passion?

 

xo

Rachel