One of the challenges of eating a plant-based diet is finding ways to make desserts with little or no oil and no refined sugar. But, the challenge is deeper than that because a truly nutritious treat is also about what is included. Ideally, ingredients that stand alone as nutritious and delicious.
I started with a recipe called Pumpkin Seed and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars by Dreena Burton and adapted the ingredients to come up with a recipe for Oat Bars that contain whole grain oats, whole grain oat flour, seeds, nuts, spices, date syrup, dark chocolate chips, and non-dairy milk. Basically, these bars are whole-grain and plant-based with no dairy, no oil, no refined sugar, and no eggs.
Oat Bars have a base of rolled oats and oat flour whose flavor is enhanced with what I call “the big 3” – pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and dark chocolate chips. The big 3 are simply three wholesome ingredients that are super tasty together. But, if you find raisins, walnuts, and sunflower seeds more to your liking, make a substitution. Read more
Bobo’s Oat Bars was created and founded by Beryl Stafford in 2005 in Boulder, Colorado where the company remains headquartered today. The bars are named after Beryl’s oldest daughter, who she affectionately calls “Bobo” and who serves as the inspiration for the bars. The Bobo Oat Bar was created out of Beryl’s desire to provide a nutritious but delicious snack food for her children and other like-minded people who enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle. Read more