Total prep and cooking time: Approx. 10 minutes

Good food and good health go hand in hand. With this, I love healthy and portable snacks, that I can throw into my bag and eat throughout the day. One of my favourite healthy and portable snack is the oat bar. However, a quick glance at the ingredient list of  most oat bars will reveal that they are anything but healthy (most are loaded with salt, sugar and hydrogenated fat).  As such, I have created my own fast, portable and somewhat healthier version* (seen below).

Ingredients:

  • Quaker Quick Oats** (1 cup)
  • Maple syrup (6-8 teaspoons)
  • Eggs (2)
  • Walnuts (5-6 pieces)
  • Apple (1/2 with skin removed)
  • Cinnamon (1/2 teaspoon)

Tools:

  • Cereal sized bowl (for mixing and microwaving oat bar)
  • Knife (for halving and peeling apple)
  • Fork (for mixing and patting oat bar mix)
  • Measuring utensils: 1 teaspoon, 1 cup.

Preparation:

  1. Use knife to dice apple and walnuts into small pieces.
  2. Place apple, walnut, egg, cinnamon, and maple syrup in cereal bowl, and stir with fork.
  3. Mix oatmeal into apple, walnut, egg, cinnamon, and maple syrup mixture. Pat mixture down flatly in bowl.
  4. Place mixture in microwave for 2-3minutes (depending on microwave).
  5. Let cool for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Slice into mini squares and place in a portable container.
  7. Throw container in your gym (or work) bag, for easy access throughout the day.

*For those who don’t use microwaves, this recipe is oven friendly (add 4-5 teaspoons of apple sauce and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder to the recipe, and then bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on oven temperature).

** Choose a brand of oatmeal that is all natural and sodium free.

 

 

 

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