Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Cluster Bars | Vegan

What do you do when organic strawberries go on sale? you buy 10 boxes, I mean, c’mon, don’t you? You see, I live with a couple of strawberry enthusiasts so regularly buying in bulk and freezing is a must.

After a hectic week of caring for a sick toddler and mastering the art of functioning on no sleep, I was overdue for some “me” time. This normally involves a relaxing pedicure, body massage, or purse shopping. This time however, I just wanted to be left alone, in the kitchen, to bake up whatever my little heart desired. My husband walked passed me looking down at the oatmeal in the measuring cup and huffed “Oh God, not another healthy dessert”. Boy was he going to be eating his words soon…oh and this dessert.

These strawberry oatmeal cluster bars tasted absolutely divine. It’s hard to believe that they are clean and have no preservatives. Sure, they aren’t the healthiest as I did use a small amount of sugar, but I tried my best to use better options in the recipe, as per the usual. I also did not use any dairy products for this recipe so it is vegan friendly.

I hope you try making these yourself and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

strawberry oatmeal

strawberry oatmeal

strawberry oatmeal

strawberry oatmeal

Strawberry oatmeal clusters

Ingredients

  • - 1 cup of old fashion rolled oats
  • - 1 cup of oat flour (or flour of choice)
  • - 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • - 7 tbs coconut oil
  • - Pinch of salt
  • - 2 cups of strawberries (chopped)
  • - Fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
  • - 1 tsp tapioca flour (or corn starch)
  • - 1 tbs organic cane sugar
  • - Icing of your choice. I used a vegan kind.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Begin by combining oatmeal, oat flour, coconut sugar, and salt.
  3. Add coconut oil and combine together.
  4. Line an 8x8 pan with a cookie sheet and press in half of the mixture.Set other half aside.
  5. Chop up strawberries and divide in 2 parts. Spread half of the strawberries evenly over the top of the oatmeal mixture in the pan.
  6. Squirt some lemon on top of the strawberries and sprinkle the tapioca flour evenly.
  7. Add 1/2 tbs of sugar sprinkling evenly on top.
  8. Mix 1/2 tbs of sugar with the remaining strawberries and then pour on top.
  9. Finally, add the rest of the oatmeal mixture on top covering evenly.
  10. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until you see the top start to brown.
  11. Drizzle with icing (optional).
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