Happy Monday! As you are reading this, I am most likely sitting at my newfangled desk at work chowing down on one of these bars. Nom nom.
I am also NOT doing a few things at work, namely:
- Keeping tabs with what is going on in the world, because it seems that work computers are really supposed to be used for just that… work. [[I know, I know, every employer says that, but… I’ve tried peeking at my coworkers’ computers and there is seriously never anything on there but work-related stuff. Lame-o.]]
- Keeping tabs with YOU GUYS here on my blog. I’m sorry if I’ve seemed quiet or slow to respond lately. It’s not that I don’t care that you are here, I’m just late to the party, for the reasons mentioned above. [[Double lame-o.]]
- Spending time with Dedas, because she doesn’t get to come.
But overall the new job is going really well. I’m just having a bit of difficulty keeping up with all the things I like to do. I’m hoping to find a rhythm here soon to make it a bit easier. Any suggestions?
And to make it better, I’m trying to decipher the best ways to save and invest the money I’ll be making. A good chunk of it will go toward the standard things, such as food and rent. But, I will have a bit left over that we want to use to save up for a house. And, seriously, deciding what to do with your money and where to put it is so confusing. It seems like the best thing to do with money you want to use for a down payment is to just let it sit in the bank. That way it’s ready to go the minute you need it. Any thoughts?
And what about the rest? How to invest? Where? Even if I decide on where to invest, where do I even start?! I have a TD Ameritrade account and they have a lot of great educational videos, but they take time to watch and still leave the decision-making up to you. I know that’s how it HAS to be, but talk about frustrating. Someone just tell me what to do!
So there’s my rant, all wrapped around these tasty Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. In all, it’s really a good thing. I have honestly never had enough money, so much money, in fact, that I didn’t know what to do with it. Seems like a good problem to have, yes? The trick will be not spending it all. We’ll see how that goes.
Anywho, these bars are quite good. Super dense & filling, but in a good way. They’ve got loads of texture from the oats, almonds and shredded coconut, and the just right amount of sweetness to tickle your tastebuds. I put raisins in these, but dried cranberries are another tasty option. It makes about 12 bars, so they’ll definitely last through the work week for a couple people. They cook up super quick (done in 45 minutes!) and so are easy to make on Sunday night before the rigors of the work week kick in. Enjoy!
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
A quick, filling, and nutritious breakfast bar that you’ll want to make every week! Oats, almonds, and shredded coconut give these bars a satisfyingly dense texture without being heavy. These are great for breakfast, or a mid-morning snack with a cup of coffee.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 12 bars
- Category: Breakfast, Snacks
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar, or brown sugar
- 3/4 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 2 Tbsp ground flax seed + 2 Tbsp water
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Line an 8×8″ baking pan with a piece of parchment and grease with spray oil.
- Mix the flax and water together in a small bowl and set aside. Combine the oats, pastry flour, salt, baking powder, and turbanido sugar in a large bowl (larger than you think you need). Add the almonds, raisins, and coconut and mix well.
- Melt the coconut oil in a glass 2-cup measuring cup (or another bowl). Add the peanut butter and mix until thoroughly combined. Add in the apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, flax mixture, and vanilla and stir well.
- Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture and mix very well until all the ingredients are moistened. I find it easiest and most effective to use my hands – just dig in.
- Dump the dough into your prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Using your hands, press the dough down very firmly all round the pan. The harder you press the better the bars will stay together!
- Bake the bars for about 30 minutes, rotating halfway through. They should be lightly golden on top and the sides should be just a bit crunchy. Let cool completely, then remove the whole thing from the pan and cut into 12 bars. Enjoy!