Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Bars

Chocolate. Cherry. Gluten Free AND Healthy. Almost too good to be true!

Many brilliant recipes arise out of sheer necessity, and these Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Bars (“CCO Bars”) are no exception!

Over the past few weeks, my morning routine has included many more early-morning Client calls, workouts and workshops, which forced my all-time-favorite protein pancakes to fall out of rotation. (I’ll choose sleep over pancakes, thank you very much!)

I had to find other options to fuel myself to fuel and energize others.

To quote Top Gun, I had a need for speed… speedy breakfast options, that is, and I was tired of relying solely on hardboiled eggs, pre-made bars or to-go cups of homemade protein drinks that I shook like a martini on my way out the door.

CCO Bars were the perfect solve and complemented the on-the-go, early morning hardboiled eggs or leftover salmon!

Low sugar, high fiber, packed with antioxidants and straight-up delish, these are now a staple in my breakfast routine!

In fact, these CCO Bars received the “ravest” of reviews among my go-to baked goods by a very discerning group of taste testers 🙂

Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Bars

Yields 8 two-inch bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. gluten free flour of your choice (My fave is Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour)
  • 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar OR 1/2 c. monk fruit sweetener OR heaping 1/2 c. date sugar
  • 1/4 c. olive oil OR half-stick of butter OR 1/4 c. ghee
  • 1/4 c. milk (cow’s, nut, pea, etc.)
  • 1/4 c. dried dark cherries (unsweetened or otherwise without added sugar)
  • 2 Tbl. cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Optional: 1/3 c. chocolate chips, couple of handfuls walnuts, a tablespoon of chia seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
  2. Blend all ingredients except for GF Flour and cherries.
  3. Once blended, stir in flour and cherries. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  4. Pour into greased 8 x 8 pan.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until almost fully baked (you want the fork to come out with a little bit of batter still on. GF baked goods are easy to overbake, then they become dry or dense).
  6. Remove from heat, let cool, cut into 2-inch bars and enjoy!

If you have a go-to healthy breakfast, I’d love to hear about it, and if you have a friend who would enjoy this healthy take on chocolate and cherries, share this article!

 

 

 

S&R’s Gluten-Free Protein Pancakes

Gluten-free pancakes, Gluten free, protein rich, easy pancakes plated on a white plate

My on-the-go go-to’s for easy-peasy nutrition and variety, as is widely known, are salad bowls, rice bowls and smoothies. I fancy myself a mixologist in the kitchen, and these mixed-up menu items are my favorites! I can toss whatever I have together for an easy meal that is nutrient dense and delicious in minutes.

Who doesn’t love that?

The newest member to this roster are Pancakes, specifically S&R Protein Pancakes. (Still working out a wittier name; suggestions welcomed!)

Within five to seven minutes, you can have a healthy, balanced breakfast at your fingertips. This one is also good for kids to help make! (The younger ones will need added supervision with the pan-related tasks, though.)

 

S&R Gluten-Free Protein Pancakes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup milk (dairy, almond, Ripple, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup gluten free old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (cage free and local, if you can. Same with the egg.)
  • 1 scoop protein powder of your choice, chocolate is best!
  • 1-2 tbl gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your pan on medium-high.

  2. Whip or beat all the ingredients above except the flour.

  3. Once fully mixed, the batter should be runny and evenly colored.

  4. Add the flour and mix thoroughly.

  5. Spray pan with cooking spray or drizzle olive oil or ghee to keep pancakes from sticking.

  6. Check the pan to ensure it's sufficiently hot by dripping a few drops of water; if you hear a sizzle, it's time.

  7. Add 1/4 c. of batter for each pancake to the pan, flipping when the side-up face of pancake begins to bubble or look aerated.

The fun really begins when you divert from the basic recipe below and add your favorite mix-in’s, like maca powder, a smidgen of crushed ripe banana, almonds, cacao powder or nibs, chia seeds, etc.

Gluten free, protein pancakes plated
These easy flapjacks are nutrition goldmines!

We love to hear how you make our recipes your own! Leave a comment below and let us know how you do healthy breakfasts on-the-go!