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chia grapefruit breakfast bars

24 June 2011

As is becoming something of a habit of late, I found myself this afternoon unable to focus on philosophy, instead staring at archived recipes on Angela’s blog. As is becoming something of another habit, I eventually came to the conclusion that there was one thing I absolutely had to bring into the world right this very instant — something that was, of course, composed almost entirely of ingredients I didn’t have. In this particular case, for example, I owned 6 of the 13 listed ingredients, two of which are really the same thing (oats and oats ground into flour?), and two of which are salt and baking powder, which shouldn’t even count.

chia grapefruit breakfast bar

Now, maybe if I were a normal human, with normally functioning human cognitive capacities, this fact might’ve led me to select a different recipe — maybe one from my exponentially out-of-control “to-try” bookmark-folder, even. But, no, not this girl: I went with it. Only . . . different.

Chia Grapefruit Breakfast Bars
(inspired by Oh She Glows)

2 tbsp chia seeds
juice from 1/2 grapefruit
3/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almond meal
heaping 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp olive oil

Combine grapefruit juice and chia seeds in a small bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Once the chia + grapefruit mixture forms a gel, add in other liquid ingredients and stir to combine. Add wet to dry and mix; resulting dough should be sticky but not too liquidy. Spread/press into a greased 9×5 loaf pan (or double recipe and use an 8×8 pan) and bake at 350 for ~25 min. Let cool in the pan for 20 min, then on a wire rack for 10 more. Makes 12 small bars, or 6 big ‘uns.

chia grapefruit breakfast bars

mmm . . . oaty

These are a great snack and/or on-the-run, no-time-for-enormous-bowl-of-chia-oatmeal breakfast. Subtly sweet but not overly so; mild grapefruity tanginess (and why haven’t I ever seen grapefruit called for as the citrus element in recipes like this?); perfectly moist and chewy. These would be awesome with some sort of toasted-nut-crumble on top for some crunch, maybe in a more dessert-like incarnation?

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