Should I go or should I stay: Oatmeal Squares

This recipe was submitted by Tracy C.  A current student at Integrative Nutrition.  Pretty soon she will be upgrading recipes left and right.  Tracy and I are moms to little ones who are always on the go. Here is a great way to get a nutritious breakfast or snack into their active bodies even when they are on the move.  Mom and dad are often on the go too!  So when you crave a bowl of oatmeal but you are running late these are your solution.  I had one for breakfast and I coasted through to lunch without any hunger pangs. Major plus!

As a mom,  it is especially important to know how to make simple adjustments to our meals to maximize our families nutrition.  I decided to make this recipe vegan. You be the judge... Here is a recipe for a breakfast that can be enjoyed at home or on the go.  It travels and freezes well. I switched the sugars to more natural sugars that will keep your feeling energized and satisfied for several hours.  I can see taking these on a hike or packing them for a snack on the beach.  I will be making batches of these to have on hand.  No doubt!

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Should I go or should I stay: Oatmeal Squares 


  • 3C quick cooking oats   2  cups of oats (gluten-free) not quick cooking
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1C packed brown sugar 1/3 cup of  brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup pure water
  • 2 Tbl ground chia seeds
  • 2 Tbl ground flax- to sprinkle on top of bars 
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup all natural almond butter, cashew butter or peanut butter
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2  1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1C milk  1 cup almond or coconut milk-unsweetened
  • 1/2 C melted butter
  • 3/4C peeled chopped tart apple
  • 1/3C peaches
  • 1/2C blueberries I did not use these but the possibilities of what fruit to add are endless
  • Add almonds, nuts, raisins, dried berries to taste I used almond slivers on top

    should I go or should I stay? oatmeal squares

To make the squares:

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Line 8x8 pan with parchment paper
  • In large bowl combine dry ingredients
  • In another bowl combine wet ingredients except the water and chia
  • Add the chia to the water. In a few minutes it forms a gel. This combo of chia and water is a vegan "egg" replacement
  • Then add the chia mixture to the wet ingredients
  • Then mix wet and dry ingredients, and fold in the cranberries and other fruit if you choose
  • Then press the oatmeal mixture into pan and bake approx 25 min until top just begins to turn to a golden color
  • Let cool and cut into squares, sprinkle with flax seeds and almond slivers

Enjoy at home or on the GO!

At home or on the go comfort food

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