I had a request from my friend Rahaf to tackle a makeover of the Starbucks Oat Fudge Bars.
A bar makeover was a little daunting, as I had one major goal:
- No butter!
Butter is a challenging substance to take out…with my goal of NOT adding margarine (this week I learned how much I want to avoid margarine).
The verdict is in, from my taste-tester boyfriend: they taste like there is butter! These are so healthy you could have a few of them for breakfast and feel good about it.
- 1 medium banana
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (you could use canola or an oil of choice…but this stuff is more buttery)
- 1/4 cup egg whites (or 1 egg)
- 4 tablespoons agave
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (salt joins the liquids because it dissolves)
- 1.5 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup spelt flour
- 1/2 cup oat bran
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
middle and topping:
- 1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips (or more if you want it fudgy-er)
Time to make them happen in your kitchen:
- preheat oven to 350
- mash banana
- add other liquid ingredients into banana mixture
- add dry ingredients, one quarter cup at a time, mixing until well blended
- line mini muffin pan with liners (or grease it)
- spoon 1 tablespoon (I eye-balled this) into each spotJust make sure you have enough room to put a middle layer of chocolate chips, and then another layer of oat mixture on top.
- Press chocolate chips into each mini
- Cover each mini with remaining oat mixture
- press a few more chocolate chips into each one
- Bake for approx. 15 minutes
Why these are awesome, especially compared to your coffee-shop bought variety:
- no butter! no margarine!
- sweetened naturally
- antioxidants if you’re using dark chocolate
- lots of fiber
- spelt flour and oats = more protein! feel full. have muscles.
- servings size using the mini muffin pan might help you not eat them all at once…but no guarantees on that one!
A note on sweetness: I often find storebought bars to be a little on the sweet side for me. These are a little less sugary. If you like things on the sweeter side, I would add another couple tablespoons of agave to the oats. You can also throw in more chocolate chips, to you liking. I taste the batter just a little bit as I go, to check the sweetness level.
But wait, here’s one more options:
If you’re vegan: replace the egg whites with unsweetened apple sauce.
What’s your favorite coffee shop indulgence?