When I was in Colorado this summer, we ate a lot of oatmeal. Oats were what started most of my mornings before going on the trail, and waking up to make them at the campsites along the trails is just one of those sweet small memories that makes me smile looking back at it.
Because of this newfound appreciation for oats caused by many oatmeal-centric backpacking mornings, on one of our hike days, a simple recipe started to form in my mind for an oatmeal bar. I was thinking of stuff that we couldn't easily add to our oats along the trail- like warm spices and almond butter, but I also wanted it to be a simple recipe that remided me of those oatmeal wake up calls. So I wrote it down. I just recently got around to following through on making it, and I was very happy with how it turned out- pretty much as I had dreamed it up on the trail.
These were originally supposed to be bars, but they turned out as soft crumbley bites instead. Full of cozy spices and some pretty simple ingredients, they don't disappoint. Here is the recipe:
1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
dash of nutmeg
dash of cinnamon
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup local honey
1/2 stick organic butter, melted
1/4 cup almond butter
1 tsp water
1. Preheat your oven to 350.
2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl
3. Spread mixture evenly into a bread pan & bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
4. Remove & let cool, then crumble or cut the oatmeal & dig in!