Happy Thursday friends! I finally told my employers that I was moving…It only took me 3 days :/ Oh well, it’s done – They are excited for me but the 5-year-old gave me a couple of dirty looks…Let’s hope she doesn’t start acting up!
To change the mood I suggested we head to the U-Pick Strawberry Farm. I used to go with my Grandma when I was younger and it was always so much fun. Who would’ve thunk the strawberries would be so cheap!? A pound was $1.35… That’s what I’m talking about!
All of our strawberries only cost $3! Hmm now what should we make?? Went through a couple of phases… Wanted to make strawberry mousse, then strawberries & cream scones and of course strawberry cheesecake ice cream. We honestly could’ve probably made them all with the amount of strawberries we had – but when cooking with kids (or me) some of your ingredients get “lost” aka eaten.
We ended up with none of the above recipes. I have a lot of bookmarked recipes so I decided to go through those. That’s when I came across Angela’s Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares. Winner Winner
Chicken Strawberry Oat Square Dinner!
These are Vegan, healthy, sweet and addictive.
Vegan Strawberry Oat Squares
For Oat Base:
- 1.5 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup Sucanat
- 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds+ 4 tbsp warm water, mixed)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Earth Balance, melted
- 1/4 cup agave
- 2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds (for topping only)
For Strawberry Jam:
- 2 & 1/4 cups chopped strawberries, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tbsp Nunaturals Stevia
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line a square pan (I used a 8×8) with parchment paper.
- In a medium sized pot, add the chopped strawberries and sugar.
- Heat over low until the strawberries begin to sweat and it gets a bit watery. Once it heats down a bit, add in the chia seeds, and stir well.
- Bring to a boil and then simmer over low to medium heat for at least 10 minutes. Once it has thickened a bit, remove from heat and cool for 5-10 mins.
- In a small bowl, mix the chia or flax egg and set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the oat base dry ingredients: oats, flour, Sucanat/brown sugar, baking soda, salt.
- In a small bowl, mix the melted earth balance, maple syrup, almond milk, and chia egg. Stir well.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix well.
- Reserve 1/2 cup off mixture to side.
- Pour the remaining oat mixture onto the square pan and press down with fingers.
- Pour on strawberry mixture and smooth out. Now sprinkle on the reserved 1/2 cup oat mixture and sprinkle on.
- Now sprinkle on 1 tbsp of sesame seeds.
- Bake at 350F for approximately 30 minutes.
- Allow to fully cool for at least 30-40 minutes before gently removing from pan. Slice and then store in a container in the fridge to keep firm.
QUESTIONS: Have you ever burnt dinner and not had energy to re-create it so just kind of “snacked” instead?? Have you ever picked your own strawberries?