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).
- 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)
- 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.
- Use knife to dice apple and walnuts into small pieces.
- Place apple, walnut, egg, cinnamon, and maple syrup in cereal bowl, and stir with fork.
- Mix oatmeal into apple, walnut, egg, cinnamon, and maple syrup mixture. Pat mixture down flatly in bowl.
- Place mixture in microwave for 2-3minutes (depending on microwave).
- Let cool for 1-2 minutes.
- Slice into mini squares and place in a portable container.
- 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.