Cutting out sugar from my diet has been MUCH easier than I originially anticipated. I thought I’d be going through severe sugar withdrawal and frantically searching the cupboards for something sweet to snack on, but so far, I’ve been able to control my cravings pretty well. :)
Don’t get me wrong – I definitely miss eating dessert, and at times, I’d give anything to sink my teeth into one of the salted fudge brownies I have stashed in the freezer. And it takes an incredible amount of self-control for me to not eat a huge spoonful of batter when I’m baking a batch of blueberry muffins for my suitemates.
Also, because there is sugar in practically EVERYTHING, I’ve had to stay away from some of the foods that I use to eat on almost a daily basis. Since I can’t grab my usual almond butter and honey sandwich or Kashi granola bar, I had to find another on-the-go snack option.
Thankfully, I found this awesome recipe for oatmeal snack bars. They contain absolutely zero added sugar, but I didn’t miss it one bit! There was plenty of sweetness from the raisins, and lots of flavor from the oats, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon. Plus, they are super nutritious as they are full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats.
I threw one of these in my bag before I left for work this morning, and I enjoyed it for my afternoon snack. It was great – filling and delicious! I love the chewy texture. These oatmeal bars are so good that I’d even eat them for dessert!
Oatmeal Snack Bars
Source: adapted from Kath Eats
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup nonfat milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cup raisins
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9×9 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, applesauce, egg, and vanilla.
3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in sunflower seeds and walnuts.
4. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars or squares.