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Soft, chewy and lightly sweet, these bars make the perfect, healthy snack when you are on the go!
September is so busy. It’s a struggle getting the kids (and me) back into the school routine.
Add sports and other activities and just like that, the month is over. I can’t believe it’s almost October.
One thing I can’t let slide is my health. I had my melanoma surgery in June and was told that I need to go now every 3 months for check ups.
The phone rang last week and it was the doctor’s office calling to confirm my appointment for my check up.
Seriously? I was just there, right?
Well, yes it was 3 months ago.
And even though the house is a mess (when isn’t it a mess these days?), I have tons of work to catch up on and laundry to do, I need to keep this appointment.
I am so thankful I did.
The doctor found something on my back but said she wasn’t worried about it. What were the chances of having melanoma twice in 3 months?
Whatever those chances are, it happened. I have another melanoma.
My consultation with the oncology surgeon is tomorrow (Wednesday) and I am hoping the surgery is soon. I just want to put this past me and I know now that I will never cancel any appointment for my health because I am too busy.
Life is way too short.
And just like all of of the other busy moms and dads out there, we need to make ourselves a priority. We are always so busy taking care of our friends and family and stop putting everyone’s needs in front of own own.
Speaking of busy…let’s talk about saving some time in the kitchen!
I like to pick one day a week, usually Sundays to prep meals and snacks for the week. It saves so much time and energy to plan and prepare ahead of time.
I always prepare an easy snack that my kids can help themselves to during the day. These bars are just that and super delicious so there won’t be any complaints from my kids.
Well, I think there is always some type of complaint but attest they won’t complain about these bars.
These bars are perfect for busy moms and dads like me who want to cut back on the processed foods that kids (and adults) are eating these days. They take 5 minutes to prepare and 25 minutes to cook and that’s it.
A healthy, well balanced, protein-packed snack that you can feel good about giving to your family. These bars are made with all real, wholesome ingredients that you find easily in any grocery store.
Who the heck wants to buy crazy, obscure ingredients that they will only use for one recipe? Not me.
Trust me, no one is too busy to make these bars! They are packed with all nutritious ingredients like hemp, chia and flax seeds so you can feel good about eating them.
And everything tastes better with some chocolate, right? I used gluten free, dairy free, vegan chocolate chips but you can easily use sugar free chocolate chips as well. I promise they taste delicious either way.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars
- 1 ripe banana mashed
- 1 1/2 cup gluten-free oats
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips I used dairy-free ones
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a medium bowl and mix well.
Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.
Put the batter into prepared pan and press down.
Bake for 25 minutes until thoroughly cooked.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then slice into 8 bars.
Serving Size 1 bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 89
Total Fat 9.9g
Saturated Fat 3.5g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Total Carbohydrates 28.1g
Dietary Fiber 5.1g
*Nutrition information not 100% guaranteed, provided by www.caloriecount.com
Here are some healthy, make-ahead snack recipes that I thought you might like:
No Bake Cranberry Almond Energy Balls from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Trail Mix Granola Bars from Downshiftology
White Chocolate Chip Protein Bars from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Healthy 5 Ingredient Granola Bars from Minimalist Baker
No Bake Almond Butter Coconut Cacao Balls from Lauren Kelly Nutrition
Healthy Energy Ball Recipes from Fit Foodie Finds
If you make these Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars or any of the other recipes I have shared with you, please some back and let me know. You guys know that I love to hear from you!
I hope you enjoy these! Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon!