Recipe & Images by Logan

Ingredients:

15 minute prep, 55 minute bake time, overnight cooling. 

Strawberry & Basil Chia Jam

  • 3 cups Strawberries
  • 3 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 c Fresh Basil
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup (optional)

Oat Base / Crumb

  • 2 cups Oats
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour (or sub 1/2 cup of ground oat flour for a gluten free option)
  • 1/8 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Chia Egg (1 tbsp chia seeds to 4 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
Directions:
  • Begin by making the Strawberry & Basil Chia jam, usually I do not add maple syrup to this recipe but I found that it really added a nice sweetness to the finished squares. You can choose to add it or leave it out. Up to you & what those taste buds of yours enjoy!
  • To make the jam simply blend the strawberries with the chia, basil, and maple syrup in a blender until it is fully blended and thick. Usually I would simmer this on the stovetop for about 7 minutes or until a jam consistency is formed, but for this recipe I found that baking it in the oven with the oat crumble was enough & that simmering before hand over-gelatinized the jam.
  • Next make the oat crumb by quickly pulsing together the dry ingredients in a food processor & mixing with the maple syrup, coconut oil, and almond milk.
  • Add 4 tbsp water to 1 tbsp of chia seeds and let sit until it comes together as your chia egg.
  • Add the chia egg to the rest of the crumble and combine well.
  • Preheat your oven to 350F.
  • While the oven is heating line a brownie pan with parchment paper, or spray with oil, and press 3/4 of the oat base into the pan, ensuring that you are pressing down firmly to make sure the base really stays together.
  • Add to this the strawberry & basil chia jam, spreading it evenly atop your oat base.
  • Optional: add freshly chopped strawberry slices evenly over the jam.
  • Next crumble the remaining 1/4 of your oat mixture on top of the squares.
  • Bake for 55 minutes or until the top oats are golden brown & the chia jam is bubbling.
  • Allow to cool, preferably overnight, before slicing into 9 squares.
  • Enjoy!
Nutritional Information:
Per 1 Square–
Calories: 212 cal | Total Fat: 10g | Sat Fat: 7g | Unsat Fat: 1.5g | Carbohydrates: 26g | Natural Sugar: 6g | Fibre: 5g | Sodium: 18mg | Protein: 4g
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