Happy December! If you’re needing a break from holiday recipes, I have just the thing for you. I know berries in December might seem odd in North America as they aren’t in season right now but the beauty of this recipe is that I used FROZEN berries in my chia jam (blueberries + strawberries) as the filling. Frozen berries are frozen at the peak of ripeness and economical compared to fresh, especially this time of year.
The filling is made using berries, chia seeds and takes barely any time at all. I actually prefer chia jam because I can reduce the amount of sugar that is in most store-bought jams. However, if you’re really not into it, or super short on time, you can use your favourite jam of choice instead! I imagine this recipe but be just as yummy with a peach or apricot jam too.
These bars vegan, gluten-free (if using certified gluten-free oatmeal), refined sugar free and are absolutely perfect with your morning or afternoon coffee or as a snack and will last in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Once the bars are nice and golden, remove from the oven and allow the bars to set until completely cool. Once cooled, I like to place them in the refrigerator for a bit longer before slicing. This ensures clean cuts and the jam has time to solidify as well.
I baked these in an 8×8 pan but you could adjust the pan size and decrease or increase baking time depending on the size. Individual muffin sized treats would be very cute too! I’d recommend silicone liners for easy handling.
Alright, your breakfast, snack, dessert is waiting for you! Please share your recipe creations with me on social @balancingandie. I just love seeing you all make my recipes!