It is SO VERY HOT here in NYC this week. I mean the kind of sweltering, shimmering white heat that rises up from the sidewalk at 6am and keeps on heating the city all day long.
Yesterday we were running errands and were out and about all day, at the end of which my 2 kids were out of patience, fuel and a sense of humor! I did however have a trick up my sleeve and we returned home to some chilled a/c, an icy drink and a delicious baked oatmeal square that I make at the weekends and keep as a batch in the fridge for the week. I got a thumbs up with all of this. Success at last.
Oats are good for things other than for breakfast. As you may know by now, I really love oats, they are just such a food & nutrition superstar and very economical as a kitchen cupboard ingredient. The baked oatmeal squares I note below also have chopped walnuts and dried fruit for extra crunch and flavor. These are good for breakfast if you so wish, as an on-the-go snack or even as a dessert with some fruit or Greek yogurt. Yum.
Savior Oat Squares
Makes about 12 Squares
1 1/2 cups Oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts – or any nuts you like
1/2 cup dried fruit – any you like – raisins, cranberries, dates, figs
1/4 cup seeds – any you like – sunflower, pumpkin, flax, sesame
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp kosher salt
1 1/4 cups almond or soy milk
1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 f.
- Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl.
- Pour wet into dry. Stir to combine.
- Pour into a 9 inch ×9 inch baking dish either coated in a little olive oil or lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Cut into 9 -12 squares.