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Oat squares, coconut and chocolate

October 27, 2010

As promised I re-made these oat squares from Sundays cook off.

But first….I have been so lonely without my friend Mrs Vitamix that I eventually gave in and went on a search for butters and spreads that I’ve been missing and haven’t been able to make on my own.  I found a website called The Gluten free shop that had a great selection that I haven’t been able to find elsewhere.  As online ordering is a new service for them, they have a few glitches to iron out.  My order never showed up and they had to resend it, then it was missing 3 products.   In any case I have received the first part and will do a product review over the next week or so.  This morning I was excited to try the first opened jar.

Raw Organic Coconut chocolate butter

Ingredients

Organic raw coconut butterorganic raw cacao powderorganic raw agave syrup (dark)himalayan crystal salt

Really?  how could this not be good right?  If you know me at all then you know I’m a coconut freak.  Chocolate not so much but the two together are awesome.  It was a bit sweet for me but a little goes a long way so I enjoyed it on my breakfast cookie

Rawnutrition.ca offers so many great butters (ones I wish I could order!) so if this looks good then check out that site.  Also Wholefoods will most likely have a good selection.

Sorry! back to the recipe

This is a fairly healthy oat square with lots of fiber from the oats, wheat bran and wheat germ along with a little extra in the raisins.   The chocolate is dark so rich in antioxidants, I used whole wheat flour  with only 3 tbsp of butter and replacing the rest with Omega 3 rich canola oil olive or coconut oil would work great.

1/3 cup canola oil

3 tbsp softened butter

1/3 cup white sugar

1/3 cup splenda

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup plain yogurt

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup wheat germ

1/2 cup wheat bran

4 cups of oats

1 cup of raisins

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate

Combine your wet ingredients and mix well.  Add all dry including raisins and chocolate and stir just until combined. The mixture should be very thick. Line either 2 small square cake pans or one 9 x13 with parchment paper and press mixture firmly into pan.   Bake at 350 until lightly browned and very firm in the middle.   Remove from oven, cut into small squares and let cool on a baking rack.

These freeze well.   They can also be ‘hidden’ in the freezer if necessary!

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