Have you noticed how much I love lemons? These bars are combined with my love of oatmeal and lemons.
I use it a lot in my recipes. I love it in both sweet and savory because it adds such dimension of flavor and also eliminates the need for as much salt in savory dishes. My hubby is a huge lemon lover as well….which is one reason I like to use it a lot.
This recipe I decided to try something and add some lemon tea….all those herbs just made these bars so fresh and delicious!
This recipe is incredibly easy….only a few minutes to whip up, is no-bake and only a few ingredients. It is perfect for breakfast or an on-the-go snack.
These have a strong lemon flavor….almost tart. We loved them just as is, but you can scale back a little on the lemon juice if you want.
No-Bake Lemon Tea Oat Bars
- 3 cups quick cooking oats separated (300g)
- 12 chamomile lemon tea bags I used Simple Truth Organic caffeine-free
- 2 tablespoons tapioca starch arrowroot would probably work
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup or agave
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons roasted drippy/creamy almond butter* make sure the butter is a very smooth runny consistency, as too thick of almond butter will result in a drier bar
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice about 3 small lemons
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- For the tea bags you are using the contents of the bag, you are not brewing the tea. Literally just cut open the bags and dump the lemon herbs into the mix. Measurements of oats are also noted in weight for accurate results. It's important to use quick cooking oats for the right texture. The regular oats are too thick/large and will result in a more fragile bar.
- Line a 9X5 loaf pan with parchment paper hanging over the sides for easy removal.
- Add only 1 1/2 cups of the oats to a medium bowl and set aside. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of oats to a food processor and process into a flour. Measure out 1 cup + 2 tablespoons only (125g)and add them to the bowl with the oats. Reserve the rest for another recipe or add to a smoothie.
- Add the tea bags, tapioca and salt to the oats and stir to combine. Set aside.
- In a small cup, add the syrup, almond butter, lemon juice, vanilla and stir well. Pour over the dry ingredients and stir well until it all comes together and is sticky.
- Add the mixture to the lined pan and spread out evenly with a rubber spatula and press out to the corners. Overlap with the parchment paper and press down flat and hard.
- Chill in the fridge for at least an hour until firm. Slice into 6 bars. Wrap individually with plastic wrap for packing as snacks.
Gluten-free, oil-free, no-bake
Some of my other popular lemon recipes for all you lemon lovers out there……
Lemon Rosemary Shortbread….to die for…my hubby’s fav!
Lemon Vanilla Puffs…..try to eat just one!
Lemon Sherbert….this by far is my hubby’s favorite ice cream I’ve ever made…it is sweet and tart and incredibly refreshing.
Enjoy all of these recipes featuring lemon and let me know if you try any of them!