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Soft Baked Oat Snack Bars- Welcome to the softest, tastiest baked snack bars ever! {gluten-free & vegan}

Soft Baked Oat Snack Bars- Welcome to the softest, tastiest baked snack bars ever! {gluten-free & vegan}

I strive to provide the most wholesome and nourishing foods for my family. But why stop with the foods? The other things we put on and in our bodies can be just as important. Recently, I’ve been taking a hard look at products we use everyday, like toothpaste, deodorant and mouthwash. One of my goals for 2017, is to be using all organic and natural products without additives by the end of the year. The all-natural high-quality products from Tom’s of Maine has made this an easy transition.

Here’s to a healthier lifestyle from the inside out!

This healthy lifestyle change all started with the food – my kiddos and I have always had a thing for snack bars. We’ve enjoyed the store-bought crunchy kind and more recently moved on to a more basic oat version. But somewhere along the line I became suspicious of the ingredients – namely high fructose corn devil – and strayed away from them altogether.

Soft Baked Oat Snack Bars- Welcome to the softest, tastiest baked snack bars ever! {gluten-free & vegan}

The store-bought varieties are pretty convenient, but nothing quite compares to the scrumptiousness that comes from a homemade snack or granola bar! Not only did we go for a more natural snack bar, but I’m trying to go more natural with more than just food.

As my make-up and body care products are used up, I’m converting over to brands that don’t use additives, harsh chemicals, or any kind of junk whatsoever. I’ve been doing lots of shopping at my local Sprouts, where they carry fresh, natural and organic foods and health and body care items.

Soft Baked Oat Snack Bars- Welcome to the softest, tastiest baked snack bars ever! {gluten-free & vegan}

During my latest trip, my goal was to replenish my family’s toiletry stock with more natural products. Tom’s of Maine items immediately caught my eye. They offer such a wide variety – I picked up deodorant, toothpaste, lotion, body wash and new toothbrushes for the whole family.

Soft Baked Oat Snack Bars- Welcome to the softest, tastiest baked snack bars ever! {gluten-free & vegan}

Tom’s of Maine products are made from simple and understandable ingredients that are free of artificial flavors, fragrances, colors, sweeteners and preservatives. They do not use any synthetic flavors or fragrances. Everything is fresh with a natural taste and the smell of herbs, fruits and flowers (or no fragrance at all!).

I’ve so enjoyed Tom’s of Maine natural oral and body care products and I’m so thankful that I made the switch and I am no longer bombarding my body with chemicals. I feel so much more balanced now. My picky kiddos are even good with the tastes and smells of the toothpaste and mouthwash.  

Soft Baked Oat Snack Bars- Welcome to the softest, tastiest baked snack bars ever! {gluten-free & vegan}

I hope you give Tom’s of Maine a try and that you all love these bars! They’re:

Soft
Perfectly sweet
Chewy
Fiber- & protein-rich
Easy to make
Healthy & Delicious!

These are a great bar to have on hand for a quick breakfast, snack, or healthier dessert. If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a photo #kimscravings on Instagram. Enjoy, friends!

Soft Baked Oat Snack Bars- Welcome to the softest, tastiest baked snack bars ever! {gluten-free & vegan}
Soft Baked Oat Snack Bars- Welcome to the softest, tastiest baked snack bars ever! {gluten-free & vegan}
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Nutrition Facts
Soft Baked Oat Snack Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 78
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.7g13%
Saturated Fat 3.1g19%
Sodium 70.2mg3%
Carbohydrates 26.7g9%
Fiber 4.3g18%
Sugar 7.9g9%
Protein 7.1g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:10 bars
Soft Baked Oat Snack Bars
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
 
The softest, tastiest baked snack bars ever! {gluten-free & vegan}
Ingredients
  • 2 cups 160 g quick oats
  • 1/2 cup 40 g vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup 29 g finely shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup 64 g almond butter (or any nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup 80 g brown rice syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 cup 120 ml unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other desired milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or coconut extract
  • 1/3 cup 60 g mini chocolate chips (dairy-free if vegan) + additional mini chocolate chips for drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees and prepare an 8x8 baking pan by spraying it with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, protein powder, coconut, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together almond butter, brown rice syrup, almond milk and vanilla.
  4. Pour wet mix into dry mix and stir until fully combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into prepared baking pan. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan. Use the back of a spoon to press down firmly.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until edges begin to turn golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 20 minutes before cutting.
Author: Kim Lee
Course: Snack

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Have you tried any of Tom’s of Maine products? Visit Toms of Maine’s website for more information.

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