Cinnamon-apple-oat squares

On Thursday, I found myself at Whole Foods instead of Safeway for my weekly shopping trip. It’s a bit out of my way to shop there, but I really like how the store labels food by its ANDI score – a measure of the nutrient-density of food. The higher the score, the more nutrients per calorie. (As you might guess, kale and other dark greens rank highest with an ANDI score of 1000; french fries have a score of 7; and cola scores 1.) Our health is proportionate┬áto the amount of high ANDI score foods we eat. But, I digress…this post is really about something else…

On the way in, I picked up a copy of the store’s flier and noticed that in addition to coupons, it was packed full of interesting recipes made without refined flours, added salt, or sugar. Most of them were vegan, too. Whoa!

The recipe for baked cinnamon-apple-oat squares seemed like just the thing this morning. I ate mine hot out of the oven, but these tasty squares will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container. One recipe makes 16 squares, enough for grab-and-go breakfasts for a week!

Cinnamon-Apple-Oat Squares
Serves 16

2 cups non-dairy milk
1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds, but I bet pecans would also be good)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 apples, cored and grated

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Transfer to a foil- or parchment-lined 9″ square baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Press down and smooth out the top and bake until firm and golden brown, about 1 hour. Let cool in pan; cut into squares and serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition per square: 177 Calories; 6g Fat (31.3% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 25g Carbohydrate; 8g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 6mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fruit; 1 Fat

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