My healthy cooking on a budget talk went incredibly well. I kept it sweet and simple to not bore senior girls stuck inside on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon listening to me talk about depressing things college graduation and not eating takeout for every meal. I posted my presentation on Google documents if you care to read it. I named my presentation Broke, Single, and Hungry because it's funny and kind of summarized my first year of post college graduate living.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I made a recipe to show the girls that cooking on the cheap can be cheap and healthy. For choosing a recipe I needed a portable food that included healthy and inexpensive ingredients that could be used in multiple recipes. I hate recipes that require me to buy "weird" products that are expensive and I'd only use once. Simplicity is key. I decided that breakfast is often one of the most skipped meals due to lack of time in the morning. After searching blogs, recipe websites, and cookbooks, I decided to make baked oatmeal bars based on this recipe from Kath of Kath Eats Real Food.
Cherry Craisin Oatmeal Bars
- 3 cups instant oats
- 1 cup chopped almonds (measured after chopping)
- 1.5 cups Cherry flavored Craisins
- 2 T unsweetened cocoa
- 2.5 cups milk (I used unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze)
- 2 eggs (I used Ener-g Egg Replacer)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp salt (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix dry ingredients (oats, salt, cocoa, Craisins)
2. Mix wet ingredients (milk, eggs, vanilla)
3. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients then press into a 9x13 pan covered with parchment paper
4. Bake for 45 minutes. Cool for ten minutes then cut into desired number of servings.
I made 24 servings since I had twenty girls who'd want a sample. For 24 servings 1 bar includes: 74 calories, 5.5g fat, 1.8g dietary fiber, and 1.6g protein. For a more adequate breakfast (or snack) bar, I'd suggest halving the serving making 12 bars not 24 bars and eat with a large piece of fruit, yogurt, etc. I chose these ingredients because all these ingredients can be used for other recipes. These bars can be wrapped in plastic wrap and kept in the freezer for a quick snack or breakfast.
Taste verdict: DELICIOUS. Not all the seniors attended (silly girls missed out) so the girls who did attend ate several and took some home. I managed to snag one for my long drive from Baltimore to DC (ughhhhh Sunday traffic). I'm giving myself an A+ on my cheap and healthy food presentation so now I'm eating some popcorn and watching Hoarding on TLC (these people have some crazy shopping issues). Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)