Monday, May 17, 2010

Eggless Blueberry Oatmeal Bar and a prelude to a giveaway.

I have some exciting news for my readers, recently Jason from CSN stores contacted me with an opportunity to host a giveaway on this site. Needless to say I was thrilled with the chance to do so.First to give you a little introduction to CSN stores,here is a brief description straight from their own site:

CSN Stores LLC is a fast-growing, privately-held company offering customers the best online shopping available for home and office goods. A $200 million company, CSN is made up of more than 200 online niche shops offering a huge selection of products ranging from barstools and bedroom sets to grills, greenhouses and gaming equipment. We have items for budget-minded shoppers, luxury seekers and everyone in between.

They have a fantastic range and collection of products. I cannot even begin to tell you all of the items they offer. Need some appliances for your kitchen, they have it. Need furniture, they have that too. Need lights for your home, they have everything from recessed lighting to lamps.

Anyway back to the giveaway, it will be happening here very soon. So keep watching this space :-)

Moving on, oatmeal bars are one of my favorites snacks to have on hand. In addition to being so handy, they are also a great way to include some super healthy oatmeal in our diet effortlessly. These  cranberry oatmeal bars  are among my favorite snacks and I make them often. But I have been wanting to experiment with different flavors for a while now and decided to give blueberry bars a try this time. These oatmeal bars were delicious, with just the right amount of chewiness on the inside and crispness on the outside. Give this a try, you may never want to go back to the store bought versions again :-)


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Ingredients and Method to make Blueberry Oatmeal Bar
Dry Ingredients
1 cup rolled oat flour (see notes)
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 level tsp baking soda

Wet Ingredients
2 tbsp flax seed meal + 6 tbsp water
1/4 cup oil
3 tbsp almond butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
a few drops of oil to grease the baking dish

Pre heat oven to 350 deg F

Grease a baking dish with a few drops of oil and keep aside. ( I used an 8 inch round glass dish)

In a large bowl add all the ingredients mentioned in dry list and mix well.Keep aside

In a small bowl, whisk flax seed meal with water until it turns gelatinous. Add almond butter to this and whisk well until it the almond butter kind of blends with the flax meal with water mixture.

Add this flax seed meal mixture to the dry ingredients. Add oil, vanilla extract and milk to the dry mixture too and mix well until the mixture is well blended. It will be thick and have cookie dough consistency.
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Spoon this mixture on to the pre greased dish and spread it evenly.

Place in the pre heated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean and the top is golden brown.

Remove from oven, cool thoroughly and cut into bars.

These bars do not require refrigeration and can be kept out for a few days. Tastes best fresh or within a few days of making it.

Baking times will vary depending on the size of the dish, material of the dish etc, so do keep an eye out to check regularly. I had about 3/4 of an inch in thickness when I spread the mixture, if you have spread it thinner than that, it may be ready in under 25 minutes itself.

I powdered rolled oats in my spice grinder to give me oat flour (you can use store bought oat flour too)
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