Oh-My-Goodness Oatmeal Squares

Oh. My. Goodness. That’s what you’ll be saying as you shovel these guys into your mouth.

These Oatmeal Squares are one of our all-time favorite desserts. I try not to make them too often because I literally cannot stop eating them until I’m sadly scraping the bottom of the pan, wishing I’d made a double batch.

We had these for dessert last night after I made a complete disaster while cleaning up dinner. I’m admittedly a complete mess, particularly in the kitchen. Luckily, I’ve been fortunate enough to find my better, much cleaner half.  As I blow around the kitchen tornado-style, Lucas follows closely behind, catching the things I drop and wiping up splatters.  He had his hands full last night. We made tofu pasta with spaghetti sauce (super delicious btw). I must have been telling a very animated story as I carried the spaghetti sauce over to the sink because before I knew it the remaining spaghetti sauce covered every inch of our white kitchen. I laughed hysterically… Lucas about broke out in hives at the site of it and (jokingly) accused me of “dousing” him in spaghetti sauce. Whoops!

Anyways, back to the Oh-My-Goodness Oatmeal Squares… Even the non-healthy dessert eaters love these guys. They’re really that good.

Oh-My-Goodness Oatmeal Squares

  • 2 ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit (I used dried blueberries and cranberries)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate and/or peanut butter chips
  • 1 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • dash salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix your dry ingredients, and then add your wet. Press mixture into 8×8 greased pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. These are best stored in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Oatmeal

Hold. The. Phone.

Chocolate for breakfast? Ohhh yes.

This oatmeal will have you anxiously awaiting the sound of your alarm (okay, maybe I won’t go that far… but it’s seriously delicious).

I’m admittedly a chocoholic. I’ve tried giving the stuff up before, but I found myself eating peanut butter by the spoonfuls. Giving in to my chocolate cravings in smart ways has been the lesser of two evils for me.

One of my chocolate-loving girlfriends gave up chocolate for lent. What a brave girl. She’s handling it well, but it’s getting to her in that way that only chocolate cravings can. We had lunch the other day and she asked the waitress for a salad topped with chocolate (she meant to say chicken, but she had chocolate on the brain). Poor thing.

Could you give up chocolate? I don’t think I’d survive.

Fellow chocolate-lovers, I dedicate this one to you.

Chocolate Oatmeal

(makes one serving)

  • 1/3 cup oats (I use Gluten free, slow cook, steel cut oats)
  • 1 Tbs. cocoa powder
  • Dash cinnamon
  • 1 banana (mashed)
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  •  1/2 Tbs. honey

Combine dry ingredients, and then add your wet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 5-10 minutes (or until it thickens to your liking). Top with another splash of almond milk (and some chocolate chips if you really need a fix).

Enjoy your guilt-free chocolate dessert for breakfast!

Oatmeal Berry Bake

Oatmeal. I love it.

Honestly, just about the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning is knowing that a delicious bowl of oatmeal is only a few minutes away (along with my pot of hazelnut coffee, of course).

Oatmeal is awesome because it’s basically just dessert for breakfast. I love mine SWEET and loaded up with all kinds of goodies.

I opted for baked berry oatmeal this morning, and it was seriously, seriously tasty. I made a triple batch so we could refrigerate the leftovers and eat them for dessert. I’ve been daydreaming about getting into those leftovers all day long. Yes, it’s that good!

 

Oatmeal Berry Bake

(Serves 2-4)

  • 1 medium sized banana (mashed)
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. maple extract
  • 2 Tbs. honey (or to taste)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/8 cup pecan pieces (or any nut, chocolate chips, or dried fruit – your oatmeal, your choice!)
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries (I used strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • Dash of nutmeg.
  • Dash of cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients, and then add your wet. Pour into a greased 8×8 inch pan. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the sides get bubbly and most of the liquid is absorbed.

I like to top mine off with another splash of almond milk and some maple syrup (and okay, even the occasional handful of chocolate chips). Lucas likes his with a scoop of Greek yogurt and an extra splash of honey. To each his own. =]

How do you like your oatmeal?

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