There is rarely a day that doesn’t include oats in our house. We often have steel-cut oats for breakfast (especially in the Fall and Winter months) and most of the baked goods that I make include rolled oats; anything from cookies to muffins to granola bars. They are versatile, nutritious, and add a nice texture and mild flavor to almost any dish. Instead of bread crumbs, we add oats to our homemade hamburgers, and we often add them to smoothies to boost the fibre content.
The Dietitian in me loves that oats are a nutritional powerhouse, containing a special type of soluble fibre (called beta-glucan), as well as many vitamins and minerals, all of which help to reduce the risk of heart disease, Diabetes Type 2, and digestive issues. There is also research to show that oats also may help to reduce asthma risk in children, help with appetite control and weight management, and improve the immune system!
The mom in me loves the versatility of oats, and the fact that they are easy, cost-effective and my kids love them! Needless to say, when I was recipe testing some school-safe snack options, there was no question that oats would be included in the ingredients list. And the winner was: Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars! These are moist, chewy, nutritious, school-safe and most importantly: freezable (most fellow moms will appreciate this as much as I do!).