Ok first of all, I love these guys ;-D Below is a kick ass recipe from the A-team at Thug Kitchen . I want you to have this with a complete protein source because protein matters! All you need to do is add 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites to the base. If you don’t like breaking the rules as much as I do (aka not following a recipe to a T), you can simply have a serving of this with some Greek or Icelandic Yogurt, cottage cheese or protein shake on the side. Other protein sources on the side are totally cool too ie. chicken, tuna, turkey, beef, fish…but eww the combo doesn’t fit as well IMHO.
This is something that you can have for a quick breakfast as they mention, or as a pre-workout snack to fuel you. There is some fiber in this which some have no issues with before a workout, others it may so don’t ‘try this’ before an ‘important’ session (I know they are ALL important 😉 )
Makes about 9 depending on how you cut them
3 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup almond butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped strawberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cornstarch
A handful of sliced almonds, optional
Warm up your oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8 x 8 baking dish, then line it with parchment paper.
First, mix together the strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, and vanilla extract in a small bowl and let it sit while you make the oat base. In your food processor, throw the oats, almond butter, oil, brown sugar, baking soda, vanilla extract, and salt. Pulse that shit for a few seconds until there aren’t any whole oats but that shit is still coarser than flour. Scoop out 2/3 of that mixture and press it in an even layer into your prepared pan, ya know, like you’re making fucking bars. Shits not that hard. Next, pour out the juice that was released by the strawberries, toss them with the cornstarch, and then GENTLY press them into the oat base evenly. Crumble the rest of the oat base on top, gently press that shit into the strawberries, sprinkle over the almonds and then throw that shit in the oven.
Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the top and edges start looking kinda golden brown. Let them cool completely before cutting into bars. Store these in the fridge to help them keep their shape.
*If your berries are sweet and ripe enough you can just then leave this shit out altogether.