Remember last week, when I mentioned healthier recipes on the horizon? I think I'm just about due. Overdue, maybe. I'm ready for a break from butter and sugar. And remember, delicious and healthy are not mutually exclusive. I promise these will not let you down.
Let's start with delicious: These streusel-topped baked oatmeal squares are chewy, subtly sweet, and bursting with fresh raspberry flavor. But they are healthy, too: they're full of fiber, low fat, very low sugar, and contain some healthy fats thanks to the almonds. Plus, they are gluten-free, and can be easily adapted to be fully vegan. What more could you ask for?
Oh, wait, I know what else you could ask for: They travel really well, either to your desk or on a road trip to another state (I've tested both, for the record). They can be eaten warm or cold, so they're great for a quick breakfast as you're rushing out the door in the morning, or as a convenient nosh at work (not that anyone around here gets out of bed to late to eat breakfast at home and instead eats at their desk almost every morning... *side eye*). And since they can stay fresh without refrigeration for a couple days, if necessary, these would be perfect for camping. Or...I'd assume so. We all know I am not speaking from experience.
Fair warning: these aren't like most of the recipes I've been posting lately, in that they are not terribly rich or sweet. If you like things on the sweeter side, follow the recipe below exactly (including 1/4 c. maple syrup or honey - whichever sweetener you prefer), but if, like me, you aren't a big fan of sweets on typical mornings, dial back the sweetener to 1 Tablespoon. Just make sure that you add additional almond milk to make up for the lost moisture (see recipe for specifics).
I only mention this because I've gotten a little bit of, ahem, constructive criticism (more criticism, less constructive) on my healthier recipes in which people complain that either (a) it's not sweet enough or (b) they can taste the healthy ingredients too much. On some level, I understand that people taste things differently, but I also firmly believe that I am not going to call something healthy if it really isn't. In this case, one of the ways that this is healthier is by minimizing the added sugar/sweeteners. So the flavor of these is nicely balanced without the full quarter-cup of maple syrup or honey, but if you are used to something a little sweeter in the morning, go ahead and use it all. That's why the recipe contains some variation.
And for the record, if you like things on the sweeter side, that's cool! I respect that, and more so, I appreciate that because who would eat all of the things I bake if not for everyone's sweet tooth? I hope you understand where I am coming from.
Anyway, I really do hope you like this one - healthfulness and all!