Vanilla-Strawberry Oat Bars

You do it everyday, I am unsure of who “said it”
“TO GET AHEAD PLAN AHEAD”.

People most often plan for their finances; which bills to pay when, depositing in savings or rainy day or retirement accounts.

The same skill is required in planning for your health. You most likely have the long term goal. What needs to be done is the breaking it down into daily tasks.

For years I have been practicing Sunday planning day. Kathy Kaehler calls it “Sunday Setup”.

In addition to planning the meals, as a family we will also plan the schedule a little later this evening. This way our nutritional and time scheduling needs are all met.

With planning some healthy lunches I am about to make these incredibly yummy bars. These were made earlier in the week and were a big success. Your kids will love them! Although they were made to accommodate school lunches, secretively, they were enjoyed by myself mid afternoon accompanying a cup of coffee.

As well, they disappeared quickly as:

*healthy breakfast alternative
*”tie me over” until
*on the way to extra curricular activities
*school friendly, NUT FREE

The source for this, a gluten free version and many more healthy easy to do’s can be found at WHATS UP USANA.

Vanilla-Strawberry Oat Bars

Photo by Raji Barbir

Ingredients
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp French Vanilla Nutrimeal
1/2 tbsp. Fibergy Plus
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup corn oil (feel free to us coconut oil)
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup strawberry fruit spread (either unsweetened or no-sugar added)

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients together (flour through sea salt).
Add maple syrup, oil, and vanilla.
Press 1/2 of the mixture into a bread pan.
Spread jam over the bottom layer.
Cover the jam with the rest of the mixture to create a top layer.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until light, golden brown.

The dough can be a bit of a challenge. A quick handling tip.

We’ve tried them, we’ve tested them, we love them. And did I mention how darn healthy they are?

Be sure to check out the gluten free version:
Gluten-free version: Chocolate Oat Bars w/Mixed Berry Jam
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