I want a healthy snack.
This slice definitely is healthy. Not sweetened with sugar, it is sweetened with maple syrup and fruit only. In a word, delicious. To me. My husband didn't care for it. My son wouldn't touch it, my daughter wanted seconds.
The slice needs to be cooled for a considerable time before you can cut into it. I popped it in the fridge towards the end of cooling, as I was getting inpatient.
Ours came out pretty crumbly and required a fork.
The girls in the family didn't mind that.
I threw a little pineapple into the strawberry mixture, too, and some mint from our garden. What's wrong with the boys in this family? This slice is a keeper!
Peanut Butter, Maple and Strawberry Slice
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
For the fruit sauce
- 2 cups of diced strawberries
- 1/2 cup pineapple (optional) - or throw in any other fruit you have on hand that sounds good
- 2 tablespoons of warm water
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- a few leaves of mint, finely chopped (optional... we did this! Yum!)
- 1 tablespoon of sugar (optional - I didn't use sugar. Maybe that's why the boys didn't like them)
For the oat bottom
- 2 and a half cups of quick cooking oats
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 cup of nut butter (we used peanut)
- 1/4 cup of apple butter (or any other fruit butter... Sally says not apple sauce)
- 1/2 cup sliced nuts for topping (optional)
- 1 egg, beaten
- Make the strawberry filling by mixing the cornstarch with the warm water until it is all dissolved. Set aside.
- Combine the fruit, mint, maple syrup and sugar (if using) in a pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir well. Remove from heat and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Stir until well blended and set aside to thicken and cool
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Make the oat mixture: In a bowl, combine all the oat ingredients until all of the oats are moistened and well blended. Save 1/2 cup of the oat mixture. Press the remaining mixture into the baking pan. Spread the fruit filling on top.
- To the reserved 1/2 cup oat mixture, add the sliced almonds. Crumble this over the strawberry filling.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.