If you’ve read The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great, you know that I lost forty pounds nine years ago. I did by establishing new pleasurable eating rituals throughout my day. No diet.
I’m proud of the way I’ve mostly maintained my weight, but these last several months have been challenging. Traveling back and forth to take care of my late dad and now Mom, my regular patterns are frequently interrupted, and you can tell. Ever so gradually I’ve packed on a few extra pounds.
Fortunately life offers new beginnings—every single day if we’re up to it. I’m back on track—nothing extreme—just returning to the a way of life that nourishes and sustains me.
One of those ritual moments is afternoon tea with a little sweet treat which are important to my happiness which, in turn, affects my health.
It’s nice when a treat can be this satisfying and restorative.
Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate and Cranberries
Makes 16 bars
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup each: chopped bittersweet chocolate and dried cranberries
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan; line with heavy-duty foil, leaving an overhang on two sides to facilitate removal of bars from pan, and then grease the foil.
Mix oatmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk egg and vanilla into coconut oil; stir coconut mixture into oatmeal mixture to combine. Press about 2/3 of the bar mixture into prepared pan, and sprinkle with chocolate and cranberries; top with remaining oatmeal mixture. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let stand a few minutes to set, then use foil handles to transfer to a wire rack to firm up. Cut into squares and serve.