Blackberry coconut oat bars
Lets just talk about Pinterest for a moment. Sure, before Pinterest you could Google recipes, maybe for those less technically challenged even bookmark blogs you like, but now… NOW you can literally have one page where you can store every single thing that you like on the internet. And the OCD in me looooves that you can organise and categorise stuff till the super cute pinnable cows come home. So what has been happening to me a lot lately is I am in Pick ‘n Pay or Spar or wherever and I decide today (more often tonight) I should make something “extravagant”. And when I say extravagant I mean it takes longer than 40 minutes… I mean, lets be real, my week night meals are rarely anything more than stir fry or grilled chicken – ain’t no beef bourguignon up in this household on a Tuesday night…
So where was I? Pinterest! Right! So what I do when I am aimlessly roaming grocery aisles looking for some kind of sign as to what recipe I should try out? Yep. Pinterest. I scour through my “sweet”, “savoury”, “gluten free”, blah blah boards looking for something to make. And despite the fact that there are hundreds of pins on there it always happens that only one jumps out at me. And when I saw the blackberry oatmeal bars on Yammies Glutenfreedom (best gluten free blog everrrrrr) it was decided.
I adapted her recipe a bit, making them more coconutty and so on. So these are healthy, sorta – sticking with Yammie’s opinion here and pretending that brown sugar is actually super good for you – and they are suuuuper delicious. And if you dont eat the entire batch all at once then I think we can safely say they make a good healthy-ish snack ;)
— Recipe —
2 cups gluten free oats
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
generous pinch of salt
1/2 cup of desiccated coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract (or 2 tsp essence)
1 cup melted butter (can replace with coconut oil)
1 cup blackberries – I chopped the bigger ones in half
If you want to use raspberries or blueberries here that will also be great. I plan on trying blueberries next
shredded coconut to top if you like
*preheat the oven to 180*
Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Mix all the wet ingredients together.
Add wet to dry and mix in well.
Spoon about half the mixture into a roughly 20cm x 16cm baking pan – the mixture rises and spreads a bit so you have some leeway here – the original recipe called for 8in x 8in.
Press down firmly.
Spread the blackberries over the bottom layer.
Spoon the remaining mixture over the blackberries and gently press down so that its fairly compact.
Bake for 45 minutes. (40 if you want gooey chewy bars or 50 if you want harder crunchier bars – I like a bit of both)
PS: I think I am gonna have to make jam one day just so I can title the post “Oh hot damn, this is my jam”