On The Glow Basic Oatmeal Squares

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 20, 2012

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There are fancy squares and then there are not-so-fancy squares.

These are the not-so-fancy squares. In fact, they are downright boring, but the beauty is you can dress them up anyway you like. Just like a basic bowl of oatmeal, these squares can be changed up on a whim.

My goal was to make a basic everyday oatmeal square for on-the-go breakfasts or snack attacks. They aren’t super sweet or bursting with chocolate and fancy mix-ins, although, you could make them that way if you wanted too! Filled with flax, chia, and whole grains, it’s functional food at its finest. The nutritional stats are also impressive packing in 7 grams of fibre and 6 grams of protein per large square.

Despite eating half the batch, I actually made these for Eric (remember that guy who loathes oatmeal?). He’s been insanely busy with his new role at work and now spends the better part of his days trapped in meetings without any healthy food on hand.

His options in meetings are usually the following: 1) cookies the size of his face, 2)  pizza, or 3) a muffin the size of his butt (which is cute and perfectly rounded).

While it’s true that he loathes traditional oatmeal, if I bake it up in a square he’s all over it. And by all over it, I mean he needed to slather Earth Balance all over the square before deeming it perfect. Like I said, these can be dressed up any way you want…

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On The Glow Basic Oatmeal Squares

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Think of this oatmeal square as basic baked oatmeal that can be dressed up any way you like. Each large square contains a tablespoon of flax and a teaspoon of chia seeds as well as 7 grams of fibre and 6 grams of protein. Feel free to add in nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, and other mix-ins as you desire. Just be careful about frozen fruit. When I made a trial with frozen blueberries they became quite soggy. Use fresh blueberries and you should be fine.

Yield
9 large squares
Prep time
Cook time

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups regular rolled oats (not instant oats), divided
  • 3 tbsp chia seed
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1.5 cups almond milk (or other milk)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 2 tbsp nut or seed butter
  • 1 banana, chopped small
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • Dry sweetener, to taste if you want them a bit sweeter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8 inch square pan with two pieces of parchment paper.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend/process 1 cup of the oats until a flour forms. Or you can just use 1 cup of oat flour.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: oat flour, 1.5 cups rolled oats, chia, flax, baking powder, salt, cinnamon. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: milk, syrup, nut/seed butter, banana, vanilla until no clumps remain. Add wet to dry and stir until combined. Add dry sweetener to taste if desired. Fold in any nuts or dried fruit that you desire.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared pan and smooth out. Bake for 35-40 minutes until lightly golden along edge and it springs back slowly when touched. I baked them for 40 minutes, but baking time may vary. Place pan on cooling rack for 10 minutes, carefully remove, and cool on rack before slicing.
228 calories9 grams7 grams6 grams

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The first trial I made was with frozen blueberries (above). Unfortunately they made the bars quite soggy (although tasty). Fresh blueberries would probably be a better option, so I will try that in the summer when they are in season. Sadly, that is a long time away…as I sit here watching a snow storm outside my window!

For the second batch, I left out the blueberries to see if I could get the consistency a bit better.

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[Notice my hand writing is getting a bit neater? Ok not really, but I’m happy to say I now keep all my recipe trials in one notebook. No more scattered pages all over the house!]

Anywho, mix the dry ingredients together: ground flax, cinnamon, oats + oat flour (I ground up 1 cup of oats), chia seed, baking powder, and a touch of salt.

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Then the wet ingredients: pure maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla, nut/seed butter, and a chopped banana. Feel free to use another milk, nut/seed butter, and liquid sweetener if desired.

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Whisk together in another bowl, making sure to break up the nut/seed butter.

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Add the wet to dry and mix well.

I planned on adding chocolate, but discovered that I was all out. How does that even happen?

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Pour into an 8 inch square pan lined with two pieces of parchment paper.

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Bake for 35-40 minutes, cool, and enjoy! I baked them for 40, but I have a feeling that baking time will vary depending on the brand of oats used. I’ve found that some rolled oats absorb more liquid than others. Just watch it closely after 35 minutes. When it slowly springs back up when you press it, it should be good to go.

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These are very soft and fluffy with tiny bites of banana throughout. We found that they are a bit plain on their own, but I still managed to eat 3 in a row just to be sure. I like to slice the square in half and make a jam & sunflower seed butter sandwich.

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Note to self: restock chocolate chip supply stat.

Have a wonderful Friday!

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Cori January 20, 2012 at 8:37 am

These may rival your rustic banana cake that I make once a week for my nightly snacking. I’ll have these in the oven tonight! Love your recipes.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 9:03 am

Glad you are enjoying the banana cake! I’d say these are much less sweet, but maybe with chocolate they would be closer!

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carri January 21, 2012 at 2:41 am

samesies! i make
the oat cake
once a week for
MY nightly snack!
it is my FAVE with a
big glass of almond milk.
love it.
BEST!

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Willow @ My Own Trail January 20, 2012 at 8:42 am

These look fabulous! I’m definitely making a batch this weekend. They will be great as on the go snacks and breakfast for my two kiddos (and me).

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Heather @ Better With Veggies January 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

These are awesome – I love basic recipes for on-the-go snacks that you can dress up as needed! Love the pics of these turned into a nut butter sandwich (at least I think that’s what that is!). =)

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Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl January 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

yum yum yum love stuff like this! Its just so hard to find these ingredients easily in Holland :( Miss the convenience of American stores!

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Amanda January 20, 2012 at 8:49 am

These sound great! I love that they’re easily adapted to whatever ingredients you feel like or have on hand. I often find myself making the same old old bars for snacks during the week, and that gets old pretty fast.

Also, “muffins the size of his butt”. Great line, and so true! haha

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Raychel January 20, 2012 at 8:54 am

If I don’t like banana in baked goods could I try subbing applesauce? I know it works at other times.

Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

I can’t see why not, although you might not need to use much at all since I cut the banana into chunks instead of mashing it. Let me know if you try that out!

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Brittany January 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

I just made this Sunday and totally forgot about the banana. It still turned out great! I expected it to be super dense (once I realized my mistake) but it wasn’t! :)

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Eve September 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Chunks of apple instead of applesauce might work.

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Lindsey @ happyhoneycrisp January 20, 2012 at 8:55 am

these look great! The ingredients in the recipe are so simple, I feel like they would be a breeze to whip up. I am a lover of baking and cooking, but I live in a dorm at college right now so it’s hard to find outlets for these passions. I could definitely make these in my dorm’s kitchen though, and I think I have all the ingredients on hand, minus the baking powder and vanilla. Thanks for sharing, hopefully I’ll try these soon!

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Adina January 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Lindsey-
I’m in the dorms too! I definitely feel your pain. I’ve found it easy to do no-bake “baked goods” and granolas. I also buy basic ingredients like veggies that I can steam and things I can cook in a rice cooker so I still get a little taste of creativity with adding spices and trying new combinations. I think its a fun challange. Your dorm has a kitchen? Jealous! I would be in there all the time if mine had one!
i’m totally going to make these too.
THANKS ANGELA FOR HELPING US COLLEGE KIDS OUT! :) I love how simple and delicious your recipes are.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 20, 2012 at 8:57 am

I actually really like basic oatmeal squares. That with a glass of almond milk looks like the perfect afternoon snack. I love how thick and chewy these look.

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Ashley - Freshly Vegetarian January 20, 2012 at 9:00 am

These delicious lookin things remind me of the date crumb squares we serve at the vegan restaurant I work at, Candle Cafe in NYC. Have you made it there yet?

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Ashley - Freshly Vegetarian January 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

Oh, and here’s a link to the date crumb squares (the recipe is off somehow, as I made them from the following and they turned out far drier/crumblier than the ones in the cafe): http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/recipes/date-crumb-squares.aspx

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

So awesome that you work there! Unfortunately I didn’t make it when we were in NYC, but it’s definitely on my list. Anything date & crumb is a-ok with me. ;)

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Ashley - Freshly Vegetarian January 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I’m sure you’ll keep us posted for when you’re next trip to NYC will be, but feel free to drop me an email, so I can alert them that my one of my favorite foodies is a’comin!

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Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner January 20, 2012 at 9:02 am

I’m loving all these healthy bars and cookies you have coming our way! The protein in these is impressive! I will definitely be making a batch!

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danica January 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

This looks awesome! Is there anyway you could add an “email it to somebody” option on your links? Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

I’m hoping to have that feature soon, just waiting to hear from Recipage if my recipes can be backed up before using their code.

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Sara Best January 20, 2012 at 9:07 am

I have some travel for work coming up and was panicking about what I could make to bring with me to avoid all that horrible airport/airplane/hotel food. I’m totally making a batch of these to wrap and bring in my suitcase. Thank you!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

May I also suggest these no bake granola bars!! http://ohsheglows.com/2011/11/25/last-minute-protein-energy-bars-creamy-holly-nog-smoothie/

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Heather January 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

I would love to make these for my son but he doesn’t like bananas. What do you think would make a good sub for the banana??

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

a bit of applesauce maybe?

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Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot January 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

Oh that ooey gooey first picture looks delicious! I might have to try making these to bring to work as my afternoon snack!

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Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) January 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

Hmmm… I was going to try my hand at your Oh Mega Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies today, but maybe I’ll do these first instead. We love to have healthy snacks on hand (which is a good thing because we love snacking!) and these both look like good, guilt-free options.

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Curly J January 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Angela’s Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies are AMAZING. I brought a batch camping this past summer, and my totally NOT healthy friends, went NUTS over them!!!! :)

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Christine (The Brighter Side of Life) January 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Update… I went for the breakfast cookies and they’re GREAT! I confess that I managed to scarf down two in about a 5-minute period. Oops. Should have doubled the batch. Oatmeal squares will be next, maybe this weekend. :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 4:17 pm

glad to hear that Christine!

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Tara January 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

First – these looke delicious and I’m making them this weekend for breakfast next week.

Second – I own that bright pink spoon you’ve got! I bought it at a kitchen store that was going out of business in Burlington, ON – I scored quite the deal and was very excited. My ladle and pasta stir-er match as well!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 10:23 am

Nice! They are cheery, no? I think I got my at Cayne’s superstore

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

These are so cute! I love having on-the-go squares or bars, and am planning to play with some of my protein bar recipes this weekend if I get a chance because my stocks are running low! PS. Love your aviators too! :)

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Addie January 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

I really adore your blog and recipes! You are very talented. Thanks for sharing your story!

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Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

Out of chocolate chips?! At least you have oatmeal bars instead :)

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Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

Ok, I love that you stacked these and made them dressed up! Great idea. I bake oatmeal all the time here not because anyone hates it here, but it’s a great way to change up basic oats and add protein to them! I’ve been making a peanut butter fudge topping on mine with peanut flour, stevia and cocoa powder…it tastes sinful, but it’s so good for you! Your oat squares look perfectly delicious!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 20, 2012 at 9:31 am

My grocery list for Sunday just got longer! Enjoy your weekend!

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Cait's Plate January 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

Oh my Angela – there are NO words for how incredible these look!!

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Stepf January 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

Those look great. My boyfriend would love these. He slathers jam and nut butter on everything. :) I know what you meant by functional food, but that’s not quite what that term means: http://www.eatright.org/About/Content.aspx?id=8354 A “functional” food is one that is fortified, enhanced or enriched as a way to make a specific health claim about its nutritional content. Ex: Yogurt with added fiber. Just sharing. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

Hey Stepf, Yes I am aware of that definition, but here I was referring to functional as being “practical”. :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

It looks like the perfect on-the-go breakfast!

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geosomin January 20, 2012 at 9:40 am

Mmm. I love baked oatmeal and this looks like a healthified version of my mum’s recipe.
These will be on the weekend breakfast menu for sure. Thanks :)

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Emily (Edible Psychology) January 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

Making my own bars is on my to-do list this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

~Emily~

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Ashley Dodge January 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

These look delicious-and perfect for on the go breakfast! I should make these for my little sister that I live with- she’s starting her second term of college on Monday and barely ever eats breakfast:(

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Faith @ For the Health of It January 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

Ange I’m so jealous that you have all these wonderful opportunities to bake. I don’t remember the last special treat I made – I think this weekend I’m going to make a special attempt to make these bars {and maybe another one of your cookie recipes}.

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LizAshlee January 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

Ooh, I love oat bars-so simple and healthy!!!

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Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning January 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

I have such a weakness for pb+j- the first photo totally grabbed my attention (and made my mouth water!). I love this version of the classic!
Can’t wait to try this one out. :)

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

Yum! I know what you mean about the cookies as big as your face. I can’t believe the treats that they bring into those long meetings. Halfway through everyone is wondering why they’re falling asleep and they make fun of me for bringing a green smoothie in a mason jar! hehe giggled at your butt comment. Too funny :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 10:24 am

Eric told me he once at 6 of those huge cookies in a 2 hour long meeting…lol!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 20, 2012 at 10:26 am

What a champ!

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Andrea @ Vegvacious January 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

What a great idea for an on the go breakfast! I’m a routine breakfast eater, but my husband never gets out of bed until the very last minute. I think he’d love your SB&J version!

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Kaitlyn @ Pain Can Be Fun January 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe – they look amazing! I loooove oatmeal, but this is a new and interesting way to have it in the morning! :)
Thanks again!

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Greta @ Staying Lost January 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

I’ve never tried baked oatmeal, but I’m constantly rushing to make a decent breakfast and get out the door. These are going on my “to-make” list for the weekend.

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Kelly January 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

Can’t wait to try these…my husband too will eat them up. Aren’t those Contigo mugs wonderful?!? I just LOVE mine!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

Oh my gosh they are game changers! We’ve never raved about a travel mug so much. Perhaps I should have mentioned them in the post!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 20, 2012 at 10:08 am

Haha, I’d love to know Eric’s reaction to the “muffins the size of his butt” comment. ;)
These would be perfect for my husband too. He’s always grabbing granola bars for on the go snacks at work and I’m embarrassed to say most of the time they’re the store bought, full of crap kind.

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Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama January 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

Everyone needs a basic snack bar recipe. These would be perfect to help curb my out of control breastfeeding appetite–I think I might whip up a batch today!

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Sally @ sally's baking addiction January 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

Angela- these look sgreat! I have been looking for a basic oatmeal bar recipe that I can play around with with all my favorite mix ins. I bet walnuts and raisins would be delicious! I’m excited to try these and your carrot cake breakfast cookies :) Thanks Angela!

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Linda Thomas January 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

These look great. I’ve never used sun butter before – but I see on the label they say peanut-free, which means they can be packed in school lunches! Yay – hard to find a homemade peanut free granola bar that isn’t full of corn syrup.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

It’s my favourite nut/seed butter spread by far…it’s hard to stop eating it actually! They add a bit of sweetener to off set the bitter quality of the sunflower seeds. mmm

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Therese January 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

These look so tasty! I’m definitely going to be trying this one out. I’m sure you can freeze them, right? These would be great to make a few batches and toss them in the freezer for quick grabs!

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Carol Johnson January 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

I’m gonna try these! What about dried blueberries? or any other dried fruit? raisins, craisins…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 11:25 am

yes those would all be wonderful Im sure :)

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jasper @ crunchylittlebites January 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

Angela, a woman after my own heart! I’ve been on this weird peanut butter (although I know you used sun butter to garnish) kick lately…am I lacking Vitamin E or something? and my body jut wants some?! thank you for the recipe!

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Courtney January 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

These look very yummy and easy to do. I love anything with banana and oatmeal. I think I will put some raw coconut butter on them. Or peanut butter and chocolate. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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Kilee January 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

Yum! If I wasn’t supposed to be packing to leave on a plane in a few hours, I would be in the kitchen baking these beauties! I’m already thinking of fun mix-ins. You are such a talented baker!

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DORIS @vanillacocoberry January 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

MUST. MAKE. THESE.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

these are perfect for quick breakfast! Love them! :)

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char @ char on a mission January 20, 2012 at 10:57 am

Same baking powder and vanilla I use as well! haha…totally have to make these for my hubby as well…he’s in a breakfast rut (poor guy).

That muffin comment made me laugh – and I’m sure Eric appreciated it ;) haha

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Sheesh January 20, 2012 at 11:05 am

mmmmm these look so tasty and healthy :) Thank you!

On a side note, isn’t No Name brand awesome?! Love saving the $$$$$.

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Leanne January 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

These look wonderful – I can hardly wait for you to put out a cookbook – and am so greatful that I found your blog. I love how easy you are to relate to! Keep up the amazing work!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 11:26 am

Thank you Leanne, that means a lot to me!

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset January 20, 2012 at 11:24 am

These are great to have around for a quick and healthy snack! I have made something similar a few times, but these look particularly wonderful! I believe I will try them this weekend :) Thank you Angela!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty January 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

These sound fantastic!!

Do you think I could sub anything for the flax? Maybe more chia!?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Hmm…good question! I’d guess you could use a bit more chia, but I probably wouldn’t add much more than 1/4 cup for fear that it would be too gel-like in texture?
Maybe some wheat bran too?

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed January 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

this looks like perfection. I’ll take the lot!

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[email protected] KatieDid January 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

Love them smooshed with pb and J, looks so great! People in those meetings must be secretly jealous of eric’s tasty treats while they munch on stale cookies!

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Elizabeth January 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

I am so excited to try these! Unfortunately, I am gluten intolerant, so a lot of recipes require extra work on my part in figuring out substitutions, which can be a little pricey. This one, however, looks awesome because gluten free oats are easy to substitute. I am very excited to try it out. Thank you for the awesome recipe. Happy Friday! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I’m happy to hear that! :) Let me know how you enjoy them

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

Love the oat squares, the recipe, and the fact that they can be dressed up or down as you said.

Portable, hearty, healthy, sweet-ish but not too sweet, makes a batch at a time (I’m thinking freezer stash)…sounds like a plan to me!

Have a great weekend :)

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale January 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

LITERALLY just drooled into my bowl of salad…WHOOPS.

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melissa | west coast nest January 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

Oh these sound delish — and I just happen to have everything on the list in my pantry! Totally making a batch of these this weekend! Love your recipes!

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Char @ www.charskitchen.ca January 20, 2012 at 11:59 am

Pinned! I love oatmeal anything, and these sound delicious in a square! I love that you added jam & sunflower seed butter. I’m going to try that and add in a sprinkle of chocolate chips, too!

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Curly J January 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Yum!! We recently started changing our diet and incorporating lots of fresh juice in. Having done that, my hubby (the veggie hater) is craving healthy food all of a sudden. Go figure! Thanks for the sweet recipe! Off to the kitchen I go!

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Sarah January 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Mine are in the oven right now! 13 more minutes and they’ll be ready for my daughter when she comes home from ice skating with her Grandpa. A treat for them both. I added some dark chocolate chips to mine since I live in a home full of chocolate-lovers. I’ve made several of your recipes and ALL have been winners! My daughter (8 years old) asked the other day, “Can you make that creamy avocado pasta again, Mommy?”. It’s a favourite…thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Wow thank you Sarah, I’m so happy to hear that! :) I couldn’t ask for anything more when I share my recipes. I hope the squares are enjoyed too!

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AG (Our Lighter Footsteps) January 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I made your tofu strips last night and they were a huge hit! Thank you!!! And, the sweet potato fries were awesome!

We are on a pursuit to become a zero waste household and these bars will help out a lot! You are so creative and we appreciate everything that you do! Keep up the great work!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the tofu!! I just loved how crispy it was with the bread/cornmeal mixture.
Thanks for your support with the blog!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life January 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Love that these are gluten-free and they look the best on-the-go snack. Thanks Ange!

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kaila @ healthyhelper January 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I love how this is a basic…but YUMMY, recipe! Its so customizable that way! I can add whichever mix ins I’d like! So many possibilities!

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes January 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm

“On the glow”…I just got it, lol. Adorable.

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Olya January 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm

oh wow! Im going to make these today!

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Kelly January 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm

It seems like, texture wise, dried fruit would work even better than fresh. Yes, it’s a bit more caloric but definitely wouldn’t lend the moisture issues. Plus I’m finding dried blueberries more and more readily available.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

yes i agree :)

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ali janine @ This Ninja Eats Broccoli January 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I tried your tofu slices you posted the other day and I really liked them! I was so surprised because I usually don’t like the taste of tofu, but I sliced it thin and it was great. Especially with ketchup :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

im happy to hear that Ali :) I found the same thing….sliced thin with a nice coating and im sold.

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy January 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Perfect for an on the go breakfast or snack!

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[email protected] January 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

They look perfect to me. I love anything with some chewy oatmeal. See what you think of these berry oat bars if you get a chance: http://womaninreallife.blogspot.com/2012/01/insta-friday-in-real-life_06.html

Post-Christmas binging, I am now thinking of cutting out some of the flour-y stuff I have been eating. I am wanting a little something with oatmeal right now :)

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Sarah L. January 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

I laughed out loud at work when I read about the cute butt muffins, lol. I’m very excited to make these, thanks Angela!

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Mindy January 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

These just came out of the oven. I snuck a taste while they were cooling on the rack…..yummy! I’m always looking for healthy snacks for my hubby to take to work when he’s on night shift. I added 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Thanks!

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hannah alehandra January 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Chocolate would be heavenly!!

http://hannahalehandra.blogspot.com/

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Sarah @ The Healthy Diva January 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Sometimes the best recipes are the most simple ones. I’m bookmarking things i can make for when i go back to uni and this will definitely be on the list. Hope you have a great weekend ange!

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Alyssa January 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Mission this weekend . . . try this recipe and your breakfast cookies:) My 3 year old is have breakfast issues, I am really hoping I can get his day started better with something like this. Thanks!

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sarah January 20, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Any chance I can sub anything for the flax? My tummy likes chia but flax, not so much. It looks kind of important though due to the amount! Thanks!
I would totally pack these for my kids lunch! They love Hop and Go bars from the grocery store but nutritionally? They could just eat a bag of sugar…

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Rebekah January 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Made these already today! I added dried cherries and semi-sweet chips- taste delicious! Even had the two picky eaters in our house want more! Thanks for sharing

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Katrina January 20, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Totally like that PB&J idea! I’m also in need of some quick breakfast ideas and this will do the trick!

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Katy Penrod January 20, 2012 at 6:20 pm

As a college student its tough to find healthy food, and rushing from class to class making time to stop and eat is sometimes impossible. These look like a delicious solution!

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luminousvegans January 20, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I need to make these this weekend b/c they would be great to eat in the car on the way to work. Also, I have that green travel coffee mug…do you find it hard to keep the mouthy part clean?

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Elizabeth January 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I’ll make these tomorrow! I’m still basking in the after glow of the crispy cornbread from the other day. Brilliant! What I did learn from you today is to write down the recipes in a NOTEBOOK instead of the little scraps of paper I jot them down on! (ran out of ink and never bought more) I have your recipes on post-its, business cards and sketching paper…all over my house! Tomorrow you will be in a NOTEBOOK! My life is forever changed…truly.

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Emily January 20, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Looks good!!! YUM!!! I am currently on my third snow day (I’m in Seattle) so I’m looking for inside stuff to do and I just so happen to have all the ingredients!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 20, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I’ve been seriously in need of some good snack bars to pack for my 3 hour lectures. It’s like you read my mind! :D

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Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious January 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm

I love the idea of adding the mix ins. I think apple and cinnamon will be my flavor. Thanks for giving us a great base recipe.

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Kit-Kat January 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Oh yum! I can’t wait to try these!

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em @ simplypresent January 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I’ve been looking for a tasty and healthy “bar” recipe. I’ll be giving these a try, thanks!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 20, 2012 at 8:33 pm

These would be great for a quick snack for my kids.

Nut butter and jam sandwich with oatmeal squares? Sounds amazing! I might have to give that a try!!

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cammy January 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Love oatmeal and bananna together- going to add dark choc chips and walnuts. Cant wait to make these!

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laura January 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm

OH MY, banana and oats. This sounds like the ultimate oat-bar! Much much better than starbucks. :)

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Ann January 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm

These look fantastic! My honey bunny is crazy about oatmeal and flax. He naturally gravitates towards healthy choices, while I have to constantly police myself. This looks like the best of both worlds!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm

These look wonderful!! I was wondering what to do with the couple of banana’s I have on the counter! :)

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Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I love anything that can be used as a vehicle for getting nut or seed butters and jam to my belly! =)

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This Fit Chick January 21, 2012 at 8:06 am

these look divine!! the insides are so moist :)

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Kim January 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

My sister and I made these last night. So, SO delicious. I thought they were the perfect level of sweetness. (We even forgot to include the nut butter, woops!)

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Elizabeth January 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

Just made them – love them! So easy, so delicious and comforting on this snowy day in Pennsylvania. I spread almond butter with a dab of apple butter on top – so good. Already ate
2 1/2…

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PoochesForPeace (Anna H) January 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

Hey! The pizza rolls came out awesome using your pizza dough tutorial! It made me so much more comfortable making dough! I actually made two double batches of the dough bc I assumed I’d fail at one, but they both were good… There was a lot of food, lol! I used the oven temp and time from the pizza roll recipe. And tweaked their ingredients inside the roll to b vegan. So fun and yummy!

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Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

These sound and look incredibly delicious!!! I have a similar recipe for oat squares…however I like the addition of flax meal and chia seeds. I love flax meal and have just started to add chia seeds to my morning ‘mash’. I too just purchased a notebook specifically for joting down recipes as I have bits of paper everywhere! Not only that but cut outs from newspapers and magazines…I really need to get organized!

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Robin @ The Balanced Life January 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

These look delish! I love the addition of the chia & flax seeds. Can’t wait to try :)

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Ashley January 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

Ooo great idea to slice it in half and put jam & sunflower butter in between yum!

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Laura January 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I always want snack bars to take on trips, or throw in the purse on a busy day! These look like just the trick. I don’t like granola bars because of all the added sugar syrups, so these will hopefully be a great substitute!

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Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

That sunflower seed and jam sandwich looks so good!

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Moni'sMeals January 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Amazing! My kind of staple for sure. GASP! You-Out of chocolate chips, how could this be?!! :) I have a chocolate chip bag DRAWER, you can always borrow some the next time this may happen. :)

I can’t wait to make this with some banana and chocolate. Thanks!!!!

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KellyB January 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Hi
I started reading your blog a couple months ago. I spent New Years Eve with your blog and Rock ‘n New Years on TV (yes we are a lame couple w/ young kids) anyway love your recipes and stories.
My question is about your polycystic ovarian syndrome. You have a post labeled part 1 with a naturopathy. Has there been a follow up post that I couldn’t find? In Dec. I was told I probably have polycystic kidney disease and have experienced similar symtoms of bloating and feeling of fullness as you. My follow up appt. is in Feb. I was just curios of any advice you may have gotten to help ease symtoms. thanks

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jess white January 22, 2012 at 4:24 am

These looks so gorgeous! especially with pb and jam! thanks!
p.s i made your eggplant parmesan, but i grilled the aubergines for 10-15 minutes before dipping them in the batter and breadcrumbs. This meant they weren’t at all squidgy in the middle!

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Janet0116 January 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

I made these last night – they are WONDERFUL! Even better this morning for breakfast. I was out of chia so added an extra Tbps. of flax. Turned out just fine. Thumbs up from a loyal lurker! ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 22, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Thanks Janet! I found they were better the next day too :)

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Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco January 22, 2012 at 11:40 am

What a great idea! Just spice up as you want… or not. ;)

I love this!

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Marie Leinberger January 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

I made these yesterday and they are waaaaay more than half way gone already! I added chopped walnuts because I didn’t have a nut butter on hand, but that worked out fine! I also added about 5 pitted dates(chopped fine) in place of the banana(again, not something I had on hand). I also added a layer of fresh sliced strawberries in the middle(half of the batter in the pan, layer of strawberries, covered the berries with the other half) and they were still a bit soggy, so perhaps fruit of any kind(fresh or frozen) will do that, but they are FANTASTIC none the less. These are absolutely to be a staple in my breakfast rotation from now on! All the flax keeps me satisfied for ages!

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Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips January 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

oh yum! Mine are going to include cocoa nibs. Just printed out the recipe to try!

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TeenyLittleSuperChef January 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Oh yay, I can’t wait to try these. They sound like the perfect little pick-me-up type of snack, especially when slathered with a huge glob of peanut butter. Thanks for enlightening us with the recipe, Angela. I’m sure they’ll be a hit in the Teeny household!

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Andrea January 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Angela, I had to let you know that I made your 15 minute avocado pasta for lunch today, and honestly was a little skeptical, but now I’m a believer! :) Such a quick and healthy lunch!

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Kathy January 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Just made these, & added in chopped cashews. They are amazing! I left out the nut/seed butter just because I have none on hand (well, there IS, but it’s not natural & I don’t have a food processor).
They are great for a grab-n-go breakfast ^^

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Nicole January 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I just made them with the chocolate chips…fantastic! I would totally recommend them this way!

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E January 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Hey Ange!

I made these today for my week ahead and they came out fantastic!!! Thanks! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 23, 2012 at 12:44 am

glad to hear that!

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Susan January 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I am just getting ready to make these and realized I do not have enough flax seed! any suggestions for a replacement?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 23, 2012 at 12:44 am

more chia seeds or wheat bran?

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Christine Gillis January 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

OMG Angela! I stumbled upon your blog about 2 weeks ago and let’s just say you’ve changed my life! I’m not even kidding! I’ve been doing nothing but looking through your blog for recipes! I’m actually drawing a blank regarding which ones I’ve actually tried because my mind has gone blank after eating these Oat Squares! So yummy! I added currants, almonds and chocolate….life altering! Thank you so much! Perfect before a workout! I also think they would be could crumbled in ice cream!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 23, 2012 at 12:43 am

So happy to hear that Christine! Thanks for reading :)

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stormy January 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Yum! Added dried cranberries, coconut, and walnuts to ours!

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Janou January 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm

These look perfect, thanks for sharing the recipe! Do you think canned pumpkin could sub in for banana? So excited to try this out. Do you have any go-to desserts for birthday celebrations? My roommate’s birthday is coming up and she loves your blog almost as much as she loves chocolate!

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Mara January 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Amazing! Just made these and added a 1/4 cup of TVP and 1/2 cup choco chips. What a great snack and for kids too. On another note, after reading those rustic banana cake comments, I cannot wait to make:-) Thank you for keeping us glowing!!!

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Shira January 23, 2012 at 12:39 am

Great looking recipe! I am in the thick of jotting down recipes and I love the look of these ingredients – I am sure they are delicious! New to your blog – looking forward to visiting a lot more!

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s January 23, 2012 at 1:12 am

ooh i just made these! i added hazelnuts, raisins, and dark chocolate. yum :)

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Tara January 23, 2012 at 2:55 am

I can’t rave highly enough about this recipe!!
I knew I would be struggling for time for breakfast the day after I saw them, so I quickly whipped up a batch. These are so brilliant! They kept me so full and I didn’t even think about snacking!!
I will be making these again!
Thank you!!!!

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Union Street Eats January 23, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I’m patiently waiting for my dinner to come out of the oven and that first picture made me SALIVATE! Oatmeal square sammich with PB & J?! Yes, please!

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Erin January 23, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Made these last night. Added some goji berries, raisins and currants on top, as well as tons more cinnamon. They were deeeeelish! Thanks for the recipe!

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Sarah C January 24, 2012 at 7:37 am

Those look delicious! I only just started reading your blog after seeing it in Fitness magazine’s favourite blogs, and I have to say, I got quite excited when I saw that big yellow cinnamon container and realized you too were Canadian!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 24, 2012 at 9:38 am

haha go no name!

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Cathy January 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Enjoy Arizona, I LOVE Tucson, the hiking is amazing. I made these bars and they are great for filling you up. I did add chocolate chips, but I’m using these bars to break myself of a store bought muffin habit that started up at Christmas. And they are working. Thanks!

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Jo January 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I made these last night but tried to add some Oomph! to them since you mentioned they were sort of plain. I zested a half a lemon into the wet ingredients, and upped the spiced to 1-1/2tsp Cinnamon, 1/2tsp Nutmeg, and about 1/8 tsp Ground Ginger.

I was also out of bananas, so I subbed in a 1/3C Unsweetened Apple Sauce, and switched out the Maple Syrup for 1/4C Honey (Marshmallow flavored!)

Thanks for the recipe/inspiration! They turned out fab!

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Kristi January 24, 2012 at 6:32 pm

YUM! These bars are simple, yet delicious! Not too sweet, and a tad bit chewy, topped with a dab of sunbutter and jam, made a delightful mid-morning snack. Thank you for the recipe! :o)

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jeralyn January 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

This just made my week! No joke! I eat oats every morning but getting sick of the same thing I CAN’T wait to try!

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Christine January 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

Wow! These are FANTASTIC!! I used 1 c spelt flour instead of the oat flour because my blender was wet. I also only used 2 T maple syrup and added 4 dates soaked in 1/3 c water – perfectly sweet! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! :-)

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Jennifer Kemp January 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I made these oatmeal squares last night with soy butter and mini vegan chocolate chips. They’re amazing! What a great recipe!

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Cammy January 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Just made them added some dark chocolate chips. Upped the banana to two my oh my are thy good. I’m new to vegan baking just realized you can eat all the raw batter you want without salmonella worries Thanks for the recipe

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Janet January 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Angela – 1. I love our blog.. it always gets me inspired and back on track if I’m wavering from my healthy eating habits. 2. These look delicious, I am totally making them tomorrow! 3. We are all about the contigo mugs as well – yay costco! 3. We buy the same maple syrup at independent/superstore – I can never believe how much cheaper it is than the others!! 4. I made your glow kale salad last week with the lightened lemon-tahini dressing.. wow, that recipe is genius! I couldn’t stop going back to the fridge and snacking on the pieces of kale with the dressing massaged in them! 5. I also tried the avocado pasta last week, wow as well! I used the base ‘dressing’ before adding avocado as a salad dressing the next day too, and it was amazing! it is now a staple in our house! 6. Your anxiety post about your steep hike is totally inspiring! I want to go and hike a huge mountain now… too bad it’s cold/rainy/bizarre winter right now! I once tore ligaments on a mountain top in Killarney Prov. Park (near Sudbury).. it was a 2-hr hike one way and they had to send an air ambulance for me! it’s quite the story.. lol!

Thanks again for your awesome blog and mind-blowingly delicious recipes! You are awesome!

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jaclyn January 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

omg, these look amazing. i am making them tonight… maybe peanut butter and chocolate chips in the middle!

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Kristen January 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Just made these and they are wonderful! All of your recipes are ;) How would you recommend storing them?

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Lisa M January 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Angela
Thank you for the recipe. I just got braces and these are soft for eating with my sore teeth and also very delicious. Making a double batch now with a tad more PB2.com to give it a peanutty flavor.

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Sara and Erika January 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Looks cute. Looks good and taste great

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Brooke January 30, 2012 at 12:11 am

I just put a batch (with chocolate chips!) in the oven. I’m excited to have these as on-the-go breakfasts. I love your site!

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Kait January 30, 2012 at 11:20 pm

This is the 3rd oatmeal square recipe I tried and I was starting to lose hope! NO MORE! Mmmmmmm….

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Susan January 31, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I made these and they were just as you described – basic, not too sweet but oh so yummy! I love that they are so healthy – the perfect afternoon pick me up.

I just recently stumbled on your blog and I must say that I can’t get enough! I want to try all your recipes! I made your Weekend Glow Kale Salad tonight and plan to take it for lunch tomorrow – I’ll be sure to let you know what I think as it will be my first experience with kale. As a teen I worked at Bonanza and until just recently thought kale was only good as a salad bar garnish to cover up the ice!

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Denise February 1, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Hi Angela,
These look fantastic — I can’t wait to try them! But what if, say, I wanted to add some cocoa powder to the recipe to make “On the Glow Basic CHOCOLATE Oatmeal Squares”? Would I need to decrease the amount of flour? If so, by how much?
Thank you for this and all of your amazing recipes!
Denise

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 5, 2012 at 8:57 am

Hey Denise, I’m not too sure, I probably owuldn’t decrease the flour by much, if any. I’d probably try adding a few tbsp cocoa powder, but you will likely have to increase the sweetener a bit since the powder is so bitter. let me know if you try them!

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Tina February 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

I made these over the weekend … they are wonderful! We ended up adding a little PB to them as “frosting” .. :) Love your recipes … Thanks for sharing!

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jessy jones February 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I just made these and they are DIVINE! i added fresh blueberries and they are so good! I can’t wait to make a nut butter sandwich with them :). Thanks for all your recipes that are so delicious, and HEALTHY!

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Carly Clark February 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Is there anything you can sub for some of the flaxseed? I’m not opposed to them haha, im just almost out:(

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Angela (Oh She Glows) February 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Hmm I’m not too sure as the flax helps bind these a bit. I would suggest a bit of chia seed (although you wouldn’t need near as much since it absorbs so much more liquid than flax). Or maybe just use a bit of wheatgerm?

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Hailey February 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Angela, I made these the other day as muffins with walnuts and blackberries. My boyfriend and I ate them before a 12 mile run last night and he said he felt SO good that he wants to eat four of these before our next marathon. :-) I agree – definitely didn’t feel the normal energy dip!! Great recipe!

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Melanie February 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

These are awesome! A friend shared some with me and I had to have the recipe. I used Coach’s Oats (you can buy them at Costco or on their website) and it gave them a very nice texture. I’m excited to have a healthy snack to grab during these crazy early breast feeding days!

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Heather February 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I’m completely addicted to these Oatmeal Bars! Thank you so much for the delicious recipe!

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Lila P March 5, 2012 at 11:01 am

Delish…so happy to have an alternative to oatmeal for breakfast!

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Rosie May 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

Hi all:
1st time vistitor to this site and it rocks! Just made these granola bars but they have a kind of muffin-y consistency…… What have I done wrong?

Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

They are supposed to be muffin like as it’s baked oatmeal squares. You didnt do anything wrong! :)

Glad you found the blog Rosie!

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Rosie May 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

p.s. i added coconut, dried cranberry and choc chips to the recipe but other than those added ingredients, i followed the recipe to a ‘T’!

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Jamie July 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I’ve made these twice now and they are delicious!!! I substituted chopped apple for the banana because we were out, and it was SO YUMMY! Thank you for the awesome recipes :)

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Andrea August 1, 2012 at 7:28 am

I live in Italy now and it’s impossible to get chia seeds here. Could I put flaxseed instead of chia seeds? Would the consistency be still ok?

Thanks!

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Anne August 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Hi Angela!

These oatmeals squares are on my to-do list for this weekend, this is the first time I will try baking something ever! Wish me luck.

Your story has really inspired me and I am trying, one step at a time, to go from where I am now to a full vegan! I feel so good whenever I eat right and balanced that I still wonder why I don’t do it more often!

Thanks you and wish you all the best!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 2, 2012 at 6:57 am

Hey Anne, I’m so happy to hear that! Goodluck with all your goals :)

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Kayla Kruger August 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm

these were AMAZING!
i added chopped dates,pumpkin seeds and shredded coconut. Replaced syrup with honey and used wholemeal flour ( because i couldn’t make oat flour) with 1/2 a cup of oat bran. They turned out perfect.
perfect complement to my green monster smoothie tomorrow morning! :p

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Angela Bonnell September 4, 2012 at 4:53 am

I think I messed something up:( They turned out really doughy, not soft and fluffy at all. I used pre-made oat flour instead of grinding my own, maybe that was the problem? I cooked them for 40 minutes and a toothpick come out clean too. Don’t know…oh well, they still taste good and they are a great topping for the blueberry chia pudding:)

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Lauren E. October 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Not sure if this has been answered already (holy comments, batman!) but how do you store these? I’m also making them for my on-the-go man and I want to have them wrapped and ready to go but still fresh. Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 17, 2012 at 8:23 am

Hey Lauren, You can wrap them and put them in the fridge or freeze them too. I like to double wrap them if freezing and place into a container.

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Cathy October 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

I don’t know what I did wrong, but they turned out doughy and not very tasty at all. I had to throw the whole batch out! I checked them at 35 minutes and put them back for another 5. They knife came out clean. I was so disappointed.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

Im so sorry to hear that Cathy! What kind of oats did you use and did you make any other changes to the recipe? They are supposed to turn out slightly doughy and dense.

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adlin December 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I’ve made these twice and they are very dense and a little chewy…. not fluffy. I don’t really mind as they truly do hold me for the whole morning (I’m eating them for breakfast right now). I wouldn’t mind a little more fluff though. I’m using Quaker Old Fashioned Oats and did add a handful of chocolate chips.

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Katherine January 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Just pulled these babies out of the oven. The smell is enough to drive the household crazy. I cut them into 16. Ate a corner piece as it is cooling. They are dense and moist. Looking at the ingredients it’s to be expecte as the only source of oil is in seeds and nut butter. As well, chia seeds are just doing their job, absorbing liquid. Fabulous work Angela! I can’t wait to play around with add ins.

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Judy January 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Wow! Thank you so much for this recipe. I just literally baked this and it’s awesome. I did substitute applesauce for the banana (I have tried to force myself to like bananas with no success). I also used coconut milk instead of almond milk because it was what I had. I love this recipe as I feel I could create all kinds of adaptations to it! It has a nice cake like texture to it (I’m hoping that is how they were supposed to be!)

Thank you again

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Sarah March 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Mmmm yum these are SO good! added 3/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup shredded coconut.

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Elle March 27, 2013 at 6:47 am

I tried to search the comments for this answer, but I didn’t see it. I apologize if it’s already been asked, but, can I use steelcut oats in this bar? Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

Hey Elle, I’m sorry but I’m not sure as I haven’t tried it. If you do, let me know how it goes.

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Meredith March 29, 2013 at 8:28 am

I made these on Monday – soooo good. Definitely basic, but I can’t stop eating them :). My favourite combo has been to split them in half and spread them with sunflower seed butter and apple butter. Oh my God, to die for.

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Allyson April 6, 2013 at 2:33 am

I use this recipe often, but I like a bit more sweetness. I toast the oatmeal first, then I add 2/3 cup liquid sweetener, 2 tbsp coconut flour, Stevia, 1/2 cup nut butter, and pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and dried cranberries.

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Jeanne Willis May 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Just made a double batch of the oatmeal squares using Splenda works great, my husband loves these says they are so satisfying when dieting he just lost 14 # and they were his nightly snack!!
Thanks for all the great recipes!!

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Adriane May 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

I’m wondering what I could sub chia seeds with? I get skin issues with chia and flax:(

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nicole May 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Could you use steel-cut in place of rolled oats? Would that make a difference? This looks delicious!!

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Julie May 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I don’t know what I did *wrong* but mine ended up much more of a bread consistency but they’re wonderful anyway. Thanks for the recipe, I’m eager to have these on hand for my snack-attacks. It’s tough finding good vegan/sugar free baked goods that don’t suck. I added raisins and peanuts to my first batch. Yum!!

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Natalia October 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Mine did too :). I loveddd the consistency though.

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Jenna May 29, 2013 at 5:36 pm

So I’m allergic to bananas unfortunately. Argh. It’s so frustrating every time I find a good vegan baked good bananas are usually in the mix. Can you think of a substitute? I usually use applesauce mix with a little ground flax seed but I’m not so sure it would make the bars hold up as well in this case. Thoughts?

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Lynn June 11, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I made these this week using brown rice syrup instead of the maple syrup. Then stirred in mini choc chips and pecans. I am thinking maybe I underbaked them as they were/ are very moist, not like I thought they should be. My banana was fairly large and had been frozen(green monsters) so it did not cut so much as mash. Dang, guess I will have to try this recipe again! Thanks Angela, you have inspired a new way of eating for me.

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Robyn June 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Could you substitute steel cut oats for the rolled oats?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Hi Robyn, Im sorry I haven’t tried anything but the rolled oats – let me know if you try it out!

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Ashley June 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Do these need to stay refrigerated?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Hi Ashley, I think I kept them in the fridge (it’s been a while since I made them though). enjoy!

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FreeThoughtStorm June 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

I love these little guys with some peanut butter and jam as my late night sweet craving or even a pre workout energy booster. I am currently out of parchment paper so I just made some beautiful little muffins with this recipe, baked at 350 for 24 mins and they look good enough to eat :)

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Tals July 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

I tried these guys with 3 different add ons, blueberries, walnuts and dates. The blueberry ones were awesome, maybe I’d add some walnuts to them next one as well. I found the date ones too sugary. I’d probably add less maple syrup if I were to try those again. The recipe is absolutely wonderful! I’ve tried about 10 recipes from the site already and I’m addicted!!

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Pamela July 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

How do we store these bars? On counter covered or in fridge? Can we freeze them?

Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

Yes you can freeze them – I usually store a few in the fridge and freeze the rest enjoy!

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Kate July 13, 2013 at 3:44 am

Yummmmm, just made these with the addition of craisins and goji berries and they’re fantastic. I actually put them in a bigger dish and spread it out thinner so I got more, but smaller pieces when I cut them up. Absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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Barb July 15, 2013 at 8:03 am

These look great! I can’t have flax though, can I sub with something else or just leave it out entirely?

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Alexina September 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I just made these and they are wonderful!! They taste great and they made my whole apartment smell amazing. They will be perfect for breakfast with a big fruit smoothie! Thank you!

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Emma Gurney September 11, 2013 at 4:34 am

Can you freeze these? Or how long do they last for in the freezer?

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Emma Gurney September 11, 2013 at 4:35 am

*in the fridge haha

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

They should last for at least a few days in the fridge. In the freezer I’d guess up to 2 weeks, but Im not sure. Hope you enjoy!

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Melissa September 29, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I just made these and added hemp seeds, cacoa nibs, dried cherries and apricots – delish!!! These are some of my most favorite bars!

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Natalia October 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm

In love with these! So nourishing and so many options. For my first batch I followed your recipe exactly and they turned out sooo well. Just bought some dried cranberries to add to my next batch :). Thanks for the great recipe!!

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ZOE November 23, 2013 at 5:28 am

Just baked them! The smell while baking was amazing, and the taste rewarding.One small piece and ready to go. Thank you. I am also trying the velvet butternut date smoothie and your lentil-mushroom balls.Excellent blog!

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sarwat November 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

hi! i really enjoy your blog… do you think these will hold together alright without a nut or seed butter? i’m thinking of recommending them to some folks who may not digest those butters well. :)

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kakanda December 4, 2013 at 2:09 am

these look sgreat! and so tasty!

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N December 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Hi Angela,

I love these! I would like to add cranberries and/or raisins to the recipe! how much do you think I should add?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) December 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm

hmm maybe 1/3-1/2 cup?

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N December 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Thank you very much!

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Zilia January 14, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I just made these and they are SO tasty! I only had a smaller pan so they came out some what soggy, I just cut them in half and gave them a quick broil for for some crunchiness. I do agree with Eric though, they taste really good with some Earth Balance ;-)
I realized I forgot the cinnamon but they taste really good.

My kiddos smelled these and said they can’t wait to have them for snack tomorrow!
Thanks for the great recipes!!

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Amy February 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm

I’m currently out of chia seeds.. Would leaving them out have much of an effect here?

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Veronika February 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Just made these bad boys and they came out great! I love how simple this recipe is, took me literally 10 minutes and my house was filled with delicious smell!
Thank You so much for these great recipes, can’t wait to make more!

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Katie February 25, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Making these right now! Have you tried adding almond butter or peanut butter to them? If so did they turn out okay?

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Caitlin March 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Once they’re made, how long are they good? I’ve kept them in the fridge but I don’t know when to toss them.

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Claudia April 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I make this recipe as directed. I do not understand but the bars quite soggy. I am disappointed, I do not think I’ll redo this recipe. : (

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Claudia April 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm

They have a wet texture as soggy. A kind of brownie texture. Is this normal?

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Claudia April 7, 2014 at 9:38 am

I made the bars with cranberries and dried apricots. I put mashed banana. I’m curious about the result I got. I’ll probably redo the recipe by cutting the banana into small pieces and without additional ingredients added to barres.

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valerie! May 1, 2014 at 10:35 am

These are AMAZING! Found them on pinterest & am so thrilled to find your yummy, healthy blog! Of course, I maybe accidentally spilled a HUGE container of chocolate chips into these while making them, so they are littttttle less healthy. But antioxidants are in chocolate, right? Thank you for sharing your yummy treats! xo

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KellyP August 4, 2014 at 10:57 am

Hi! I want to make these in advance because we are travelling. Just wondering if anyone has attempted freezing the bars?
Thank you in advance :)

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Theresa August 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm

These did not turn out for me at all. First my kids didn’t like them, then my brother, and finally my husband.

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Maura August 27, 2014 at 10:01 am

These look excellent! How could I cut the sugar? Let’s say I cut maple syrup to 1/4 cup – what could I use as a replacement for the missing 1/4 cup of liquid? Thanks!

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Jennifer September 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

I made these with 1/2 cup of applesauce in place of the banana and used a mini muffin tin rather than a loaf pan. They came out great! They are the perfect size and softness for my 16 month old.

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Jennifer September 1, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Oh, and I forgot to add that I did freeze mine and the thawed version was excellent!

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Mollie September 12, 2014 at 6:18 am

I was just wondering about that! I guess I’ll pop a few in the freezer then too, thanks!

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Mollie September 12, 2014 at 6:17 am

Hello! Well, they’re in the oven now… It didn’t all go as planned though: I had placed the pan in the oven, only to discover two minutes later the two small, perfectly black bananas sitting on the counter. I chopped ’em up, took the pan out of the oven, stirred them in and placed it back. Then, as I was cleaning away the dishes, I noticed the blender had a load of white stuff in it. Uh, oh yeah, it called for flower. Gaaah! Again I took the thing out of the oven, by now it had been in for 6 minutes or so, and just stirred it through… I guess we’ll have to wait and see how it’ll turn out XD But you better believe I’m going to eat it till the last crumb, the way it’s packed with all of these great foods… Wouldn’t dare throw that away, no matter how sucky XD
Thanks for the recipe, I’m confident (if done right) this one too will be lovely; I’ve tried a couple of your other oatmeal recipes and loved them!

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Mollie September 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

Baha, they turned out great! You can now safely say this recipe is preoccupied person proof! ;)
And I’ll definitely make them again; they’re tasty, filling and satisfying, and they’d be perfect to have in my handbag at those vegan-unfriendly gatherings/get-togethers.
Ooh and let me take this opportunity to say that I’m very excited for you that you’re going to be a mom soon! Warm wishes for you and your fam! ((sorry if that’s incorrect English))

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Rebecca September 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

I had been looking for a recipie to approximate the new Quaker on the go oatmeal bars. I made these a few days ago in preparation for the start of my commute. They aren’t the same as the Quaker ones, but these are absolutely amazing. Just a little sweet without being overwhelming (I don’t want cake first thing in the AM). The combination of the dense cake like texture and the crunch of the whole oats and chia is a very satisfying mouth feel.

My only complaint is that the directions are a bit misleading They say to mix until there are no lumps, but unless you mash the banana you are going to have some. I think it might be easier to mix the dry stuff together and throw the banana in last, or mash the banana first.

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madmadjudy October 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I made these the other night and they are absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe – they are definitely going into my regular repertoire.

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mollie October 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm

I’m making this for the third time now, I love making this! As I’m putting the ingredients in the bowls, I keep noticing how healthy they all are and how good it will be later, that just makes me all cheery! ^^ This time I cut some of the syrup and replaced it with applesauce (maple is delish, but it’s so expensive! And also a little less innocent than applesauce, so I thought I’d give it a try) so I’m excited to see how that’ll turn out! Thanks for all your cool recipes!

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Kellie October 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

This looks wonderful. My only question is…how long to these last? Do you keep them in the fridge? On the counter? I make a baked oatmeal that’s slightly different than this. I usually only keep it for 3 days and in the fridge. Just wondering if these are more “shelf stable”.

PS – Love that you said you were going to keep all your recipe ideas in one notebeook. I can’t tell you how many pieces of paper I have where I have made things up as I am going and then have no idea what they were. So sad on my part!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2014 at 7:20 am

Hi Kellie, I admit, it’s been a while since I made these so my memory is a bit foggy about shelf life, but I would guess they would last 4-5 days in the fridge in an air tight container.

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Ashley December 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Just wondering about these yummy looking snacks. Can you make a substitution for Banana? Say like flax meal and water or apple sauce? My daughter is not so sold on bananas.

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Alyssa February 7, 2015 at 5:09 pm

That nut butter and jam sandwich looks so yummy! Would these squares freeze well?

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Diane February 12, 2015 at 6:58 pm

I love these. After my first batch I double the recipe, cut them in squares and freeze half.
Works great!

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Amber February 22, 2015 at 6:31 pm

I just made these. I shaved a little off one edge and it was wonderful!!! I added a little lemon zest and unsweetened coconut flakes. I also went light on the maple and heavy on the banana for a little less added sugar. I am really looking forward to having one of these for breakfast tomorrow. If its as fabulous in its entirety as that little nibble was I imagine I’ll be making a double batch shortly.

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phoebe March 4, 2015 at 7:57 pm

What can I use instead of parchment paper? Would tin foil work okay? What if I don’t use anything, are they super sticky on the pan? I have glass baking dishes. These look delish by the way!

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Rachel March 24, 2015 at 9:31 am
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These were terrible, I would never make them again!

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Kristy April 9, 2015 at 12:51 pm
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Angela, I have been binge-cooking from your web site the last three days, and oh my goddess, you are awesome!!! I’ve had a total revelation about chia – never thought I’d have any use for it (and that says a lot for a very healthy-eater such as myself…)
I made these oatmeal squares today and made a few substitutions – I try to avoid all (or most) sweeteners, as I have been off all types of sugar for 7 years and my palate has really changed. I do use dates and date syrup. So for this recipe I used 1/2c homemade applesauce (for sweetness and liquid) in place of the 1/2c maple syrup, and added about 1 Tb date syrup. I added 1/2 finely chopped prunes and a small handful dried cherries. The baking directions were perfect. These squares are moist, deliciously chewy – just what I have been searching the web for since I went gluten-, dairy-, and egg-free. I’ve been hankering for a good muffin-like breakfast/snack/treat and coming up short. Thanks so much!

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lace April 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm

These look great and mouthwatering! what dried fruit or type or nut would you suggest to put in these?

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Leslie May 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm
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OMGosh – YUM!! I had to improvise based on what I had (added unsweetened coconut and omitted the flax and upped the chia) – WOW. I couldn’t wait and cut into them still a touch warm and ohmydelicious! Thank you!

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Liz May 21, 2015 at 10:29 pm

Anyway to use steel cut oats? Like if I cooked or soaked them first?

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Zahia I June 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Hello! I’m nut-free. Is there any substitute for the nut butter or can I just omit it?? Thanks!

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Katerina Tomov June 17, 2015 at 8:27 am
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This is so good, I tried the chocolate chips in it and I loved it! Thanks

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Sarah July 4, 2015 at 6:01 am

Yes! This is exactly what I was looking for! I’m going on a trip and wanted to pack some high-fibre oatmeal to stay regular ;) Love all your recipes!

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Sabrina August 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm

I baked these today but they didn’t work out very well. They were very heavy and really wet and gummy in the middle. I cooked them for 50 minutes and still taste raw. Help!

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b October 29, 2015 at 3:36 am

I’m not the author and this is months later, but it sounds like your oats were too heavy and didn’t cook. Did you use oat flour? I used to also get gummy oats when cooking oatmeal too quickly w/almond milk.

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Caterpillartobutterfly October 25, 2015 at 5:40 am

We found that they are a bit plain on their own, but I still managed to eat 3 in a row just to be sure.

See that’s why I love this site! Girl after my own heart. :)

Going to make some of these and the pumpkin oatmeal ones for breakfasts on the train.

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Stefanie October 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm
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Great recipe! Thank you! I am always in the go with school and work and never have time for breakfast this is perfect! I was wondering should I refrigerate them to keep them fresher longer, or should I just leave them in an air tight container on the counter. Don’t want them to become hard or go bad. Help! Thanks again for sharing:)

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b October 29, 2015 at 3:31 am

Oh gosh,

I am an idiot and purred the liquid ingredients. I was also low on baking powder but also only had filmjolk to use as liquid. I let my “batter” sit, and we shall see how it results.

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Lizzie November 12, 2015 at 1:12 am
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Thank you so much for this recipe! I love the combo of ingredients! I try to follow a low-fodmap / IBS friendly diet and your recipes are sometimes just the trick, especially for my sweet tooth!

Questions: Can these be frozen once cooked and reheated? How long do they keep? Should they be refrigerated after prepared?

Thanks!!

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mstone November 25, 2015 at 9:20 am

I made these with 1 small pkg fresh blueberries and they are delish! I think the blueberries add a lot of flavour and some extra sweetness (and fibre too!) Good for on the go!

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Liza December 8, 2015 at 8:36 am
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Love this recipe, especially as an easy breakfast/snack for my toddler. I’ve made these twice now and noticed that they get kind of gummy/sticky after a few days in a tupperware. How do you recommend storing them? I’ll probably try to freeze them too.

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terry kunkel December 9, 2015 at 2:32 am
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I loved this recipe, used different nut butters and dried fruits, DELICIOUS. My question is can I freeze them?

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Stephanie December 12, 2015 at 11:38 pm
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I couldn’t wait for these to cool before trying them. I slathered mine in peanut butter. Reminded me of a whole wheat English muffin with a hint of banana, only way healthier. These will be a go to breakfast for me.

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Waylon December 14, 2015 at 11:15 pm
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You will find healthy odds that your fat might raise if you retain consuming crap and processed food items.

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Katrina January 7, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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Hi! I just made these. Wondering if I should keep them in the fridge or on the counter. Do I wrap them?? Please help. They’re really good but I don’t want them to dry out or go bad

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Meka February 1, 2016 at 11:18 am

If I baked in muffin tins, how would it affect the cook time?
Thanks!

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Maxime February 12, 2016 at 7:49 am
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Absolutely delicious

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Alyssa July 18, 2016 at 10:29 pm
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Love these! I halved the amount of maple syrup, and added 1/4 cup of apple sauce and they turned out perfect. Ate one warm out of the oven with some PB2 – it was perfection.

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Karolyne moyes September 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Can I substitute banana for pumpkin purée

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Angela Liddon September 26, 2016 at 7:40 am

I’m not sure! I think it would take some testing. If you experiment, please let us know how it goes!

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Elizabeth November 20, 2016 at 5:16 pm
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These are a weekly staple in my house. I add extra cinnamon and nut butter. I make them as bars and muffins and I never get sick of them. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

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Angela Liddon November 22, 2016 at 10:10 am

Oh, I’m so happy to hear this recipe has become a fave, Elizabeth! :)

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Giselle January 3, 2017 at 4:36 pm
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These are great. The batter tasted sweet so I thought they would be a lot sweeter than they are but dressed up with jam they are awesome. What is the best way to store these? Fridge?Would it be weird to freeze them?

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Angela Liddon January 3, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Hi Giselle, I’m glad to hear you like the squares! To store, you can keep them in either the fridge or freezer; it’s not weird to freeze them at all :)

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Debbie December 31, 2017 at 9:49 pm

I just made these. I made one tray just as the recipe suggests and to the other I added chopped dates, pumpkin seeds and chopped cashews. It is going fast!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2018 at 8:16 am

Hey Debbie, I’m so glad it’s a hit! I love the mix-ins you used. I haven’t made these squares in a while, but I think I’ll have to this week now! I think my kids will love them.

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Kim March 22, 2018 at 11:08 am

These have become a staple in my house! Love them!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 22, 2018 at 12:35 pm

I’m so happy to hear that Kim! Thank you :)

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