Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Bars (vegan)

Hello friends! Are you spending a lot of time in the kithcen these days? We are trying to bake something new every week. It’s rhubarb season and I always try to incorporate seasonally ingredients whenever I can. My neighbour dropped off a ton of rhubarb last week.  If you are looking to making a healthy and delicious treat this strawberry rhubarb oat bar is perfect.  These delicious strawberry rhubarb oat bars that are healthy, moist, delicious and vegan.

 

I don’t know about your kids but mine seem to always be hungry. While I don’t mind the odd packaged snack food I prefer to make my own by using healthier ingredients. These bars are healthy and so good,packed with oats, strawberries, and rhubarb. We used coconut oil and vegan butter, you can substitute for regular butter and use gluten free oats.

Rhubarb is a source of fibre, calcium, potassium and vitamin K. Mr. D loves rhubarb but its a bit too tart for the girls so I sweetened it with local strawberries and a touch of maple syrup. Remember to avoid eating the leaves as they are toxic.

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup Oat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter ( I used earth balance), cold and cut into pea size pieces.
  • 1 chia egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oats, old fashioned
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberry slices
  • 1 cup rhubarb, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • 1).Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2). Line 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper.Leave some paper to hang over sides of baking pan.
    3). In a large bowl whisk flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and cut into flour mixture until crumbly texture. Set aside.
    4). In a small pot melt coconut oil add rhubarb, strawberries, lemon zest, and maple syrup. Cook over medium heat until softens, about 5-7 minutes. Add cornstarch and cook until thickens.
    5). Make your chia egg and let sit for 10 minutes. Add vanilla and add to flour mixture.
    6). Remove 1 cup of crumble mixutre and set aside. Add remaining to baking pan and press firmly into pan.
    7). Add rhubarb mixture on top of baking pan and sprinkle oat mixture on top.
    8). Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.

Notes

*** To make oat flour I grind oats in my blender.
**** To make 1 chia egg add 1 tbsp of chia seeds with 2 tbsp of water. Let sit for 10 minutes to thicken.

 

If you have a ton of rhubarb in your garden and are looking for more healthy and delicious recipes some of our favorites include this strawberry rhubarb chia seed pudding and we have been eating strawberry and rhubarb baked oatmeal for breakfast.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

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