Homemade Oat Bars


by Deanna

My incredible breathing genes have unfortunately been passed down to my beautiful little four year old, who now suffers quite severe bouts of Asthma at very random times. I’ve suffered from Asthma for over 20 years now, and have worked out natural tips to help my body get through times when it hits me suddenly. Sure – these natural remedies don’t completely solve the problem, and I still need to take prescription medication. However, knowing that i’m doing the best I can naturally, alongside taking the medication, helps me sleep soundly at night. Things like black coffee, steam showers, eucalyptus oil, and breathing exercises, like using the Buteyko method, have helped me.

Unfortunately not all of these can be used on a four year old, which led me to do more research. I was shocked, to say the least, when I found out one of (what I thought) the healthiest yummy snacks I gave my child contained *Sulphites. A known no-no for asthmatics, Sulphites can cause allergy-like reactions for those people with underlying breathing issues. The ‘Natural’ Oat Bars were quickly tossed and I jumped straight into finding a perfect recipe to make at home, so my four year old would hardly notice the difference, and I could be content knowing his ‘favourite’ snack was now homemade and didn’t contain any nasties. I’ve tweaked this recipe from a few I found, and guess what? The little ones love it (as do my husband and I!).

3 cups organic rolled oats
3 large bananas
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup dried organic dates
1/4 cup almonds
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a slice pan and line with baking paper, letting the paper ‘hang’ over the edges.

Mash bananas into a bowl. Throw dried fruits and nuts into food processor and whizz until crumbly. Add oats, dates, goji berries, almonds, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir until well combined. Press into prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Cut while warm, and let cool completely.


*Read up on more foods that contain sulphites here.

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