Happy Wednesday to ya!! As you all know at the start of this year I started a new regular feature here on Kitchen Concoctions called “Bites with Bloggers.” This is where I will be featuring recipes that have come from other bloggers that I have tried and love, blogger cookbook reviews, “Dishin’ It Up” a blogger interview series and guest blog posts by other talented blogger friends.
Today I am happy to share my first official “Bites with Bloggers” guest blog post! I am so excited to have Natalie from Food Fetish sharing a ‘bite’ of her Whole Wheat Beet and Oatmeal Bars with us today. Natalie is one of the handful of bloggers I have the pleasure of knowing in ‘real life’ and she is just as sweet and cheerful in person as she comes across on her blog.
So please give a warm welcome to Natalie!
Hi, I’m Natalie! I began my love affair with cooking when I was a little kid. I used to call my attempts at cooking “my experiments”. My mom would find them stuffed in refrigerator doors or in the pantry. While in college, I began cooking more and more. I love to try new foods, and I am always impressed when someone shows me a recipe or flavor combination I have never heard of! I started my blog as way to document “my experiments” or new recipes. Starting a blog has been one of the best things I have ever done. It has expanded my knowledge base and introduced me to some many great people!
I was flattered when Heather asked me to write this guest post. Ok, maybe thrilled was more like it! I couldn’t wait! She suggested trying out a recipe with oatmeal since that is this week’s theme on her blog. I don’t eat much oatmeal, so I knew immediately I wanted try my hand at a new recipe.
Last weekend I had friends in town and got the crazy idea to try out some Beet and Banana Waffles with Brie Mousse. I know crazy, right? I love trying out wacky new things. I had some left over beet puree and thought what better way to use it than with oatmeal!?! Plus, I absolutely love the color! Bright, vibrate pink just in time for Valentine’s Day. The recipe mixes the perfect amount of sugary sweetness with the defined root flavor of the beets. My roommate said this is the perfect breakfast-on-the-go bar!
1 cup of steel cut oats
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of coconut milk
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of beet puree
¼ cup of dried cranberries
*Substitutions: all-purpose flour, almond or whole milk, regular sugar + ½ tablespoon of dark corn syrup or molasses
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a small baking dish with parchment paper.
Mix all ingredients together by hand until well blended. Top with dried cranberries.
Bake for 50-60 minutes.
Let cool completely. Then cut and serve. Or better yet, pack them up for a quick breakfast or snack!
What a beautiful oatmeal bars! Thank you so much Natalie for stopping by Kitchen Concoctions and sharing your wonderful oatmeal recipe!
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