(This is a re-post!)
So… Molly has been obsessed with Earth’s Best Organic Snack Bars FOREVER. It is not a phase. Every time she gets hungry she asks for a “bar” and it drives me bonkers. They are not cheap and honestly, they aren’t the healthiest thing in the world. I got her down to eating only two per day, but with only 6 per box at almost $3.50 – that adds up fast. I was determined to make my own damn bars for her that were healthier, cheaper and something she liked. I started googling and the best recipes I could find were for homemade Nutrigrain bars. Not.good.enough. Therefore, I came up with my own muffin recipe. Here it is!
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 cup organic whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup organic brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons organic ground flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds (black, white, it don’t matta)
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup organic apple juice
- 10 ounces apple spread (you can use jam if you want)
- Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, chia seeds, flax, and salt in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Add the oil, egg, vanilla, and apple juice, and mix with a spoon or a mixer.
- Fill a each cup of a greased mini muffin pan 1/2 way with batter.
- Spoon apple spread evenly over the mix (a little goes a long way).
- Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the top, and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Why muffins? Because they are fun, duh! Also, much easier to keep track of portion size. If you overcook them, they will be a little dry. If you find that your muffins are continuously dry, just add a tablespoon more apple juice to the mixture.