Countless time I have baked these because they are so good: wholesome, crunchy without added sugar, and very tasty and filling. My husband has these for breakfast and my kids as a snack when they come home from school. Making them is easy as pie too.A few weeks back, my husband suggested to make a savory version of it. I was immediately hooked onto the idea. My first try wasn’t so successful, as I just threw random chopped veggies in. I realized, it needed strong flavors to stand up against the mild taste of the oats. I doubled the spices and herbs and opted for olives and sun dried tomatoes. A winning combination. The first batch that came out of my oven, I ate all by myself. The second batch was for my husband to try whose idea this was. He tested and approved and now loves to take a few bars in his lunchbox every now and then.
The recipe is very new and I haven’t experimented yet with other flavors. I can imagine capers in there too. Or fresh rosemary. Perhaps bacon bits or even smoked salmon if it doesn’t have to be vegetarian? It’s worth a try and if you experiment with the add-ins, let me know how it came out. Enjoy!
SAVORY OAT BARS WITH OLIVES AND SUN DRIED TOMATOES
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cups milk
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and finely chopped
1/4 cup almonds, roughly chopped
Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line 8-inch square tin sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, combine oats, salt, herbs & spices and ground flax. Add milk and let stand to soak for 10 minutes or so. In the meantime finely chop the sun dried tomatoes, olives and almonds. Add to oat mixture and stir well.
Pour mixture into prepared tin sheet and spread evenly. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Let cool on wire rack. Then cut into bars/squares. Store in airtight container. Keeps well in the fridge for 3 days.