These healthy Ginger Peach Oat Bars are gluten free, vegan and incredibly easy. With less than 200 calories each, they will fill you up without expanding your waistline! The dried peach base makes for a delightfully fruity bar!
- 12 dried peach halves (no added sugar)
- 2 ½ cups dried oats, ground in a food processor
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup oat bran
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup toasted pecans, ground in the food processor
- ¼ cup toasted cashew nuts, finely chopped
- ½ cup dried pineapple, finely chopped
- ½ cup minced crystallized ginger, measured after mincing (the less added sugar, the better)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 2 tablespoon local honey (I use wildflower)
- ~ ¼ cup reserved peach cooking liquid
- Preheat your oven to 350°. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
- Place dried peaches in a small saucepan and cover with water until the water is approximately ½ inch above the fruit. Place over medium-high heat just until it comes to a low boil, turn down the heat to a low-simmer and simmer until plump. I let mine simmer for at least 30 minutes, but 20 will be okay. Because of the long simmer time, I set the peaches on before I begin measuring or chopping any other ingredient.
- Place all other ingredients through ginger in a large mixing bowl. Make sure that the pineapple is very finely chopped because you just want the sweetness from the pineapple but not an actual pineapple flavor.
- Place plump peaches in the bowl of a food processor, reserving the cooking liquid. Process the peaches until completely smooth, adding some reserved cooking liquid if necessary. The liquid will help them puree. It should look like baby food.
- Add the puree, coconut oil and honey to the large bowl and mix with a large wooden spoon. If needed add some of the reserved cooking liquid. In the 3 test batches I made, I needed about ¼ cup additional liquid. You want the “batter” to be cohesive but not extremely sticky or wet.
- Press into the prepared pan with the back of a wooden spoon. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
- Let cool and then cut into bars.
Store at room temperature for up to a week or in the freezer for several months. Wrap in wax paper and then place in a freezer bag prior to freezing. Take them out individual to thaw at room temperature!
I measured all ingredients before they were processed or chopped except the ginger.
- Calories: 195