"Yummy, yummy, yummy, I got love in my tummy
and I feel like a-lovin' you.
Love, you're such a sweet thing, good enough to eat thing;
And it's just a-what I'm gonna do."
Funny, as I sit here on this cool and wet April day, the memory of those lyrics came rushing into to my head - seemingly out of nowhere - many years having lapsed since I listened to the Archies singing this song!
The Archies also had another song called "Sugar, Sugar". Perhaps that's why they popped into my mind. You know sometimes, we just need a little more sweetness infused into our lives. Not to go all crazy on you, but let's face it, a little treat here or there goes a long way. And yes, I fully realize excessive consumption of sugar is not good for any of us. But life is meant to be sweet and there are many ways to prepare treats so that they are yummy, satisfying and not too difficult to prepare.
Here's a very simple little recipe that comes to mind. It has a bit of chocolate in it (always good for the spirits) and boasts of being gluten-free. Perhaps it might just be something you would enjoy with a warm cup of tea or coffee on this cool, wet spring day.
Adapted from Straightforwardnutrition
Chocolate Oat Squares
Makes about 12 large or 24 smaller squares
Meanwhile in another bowl, the oats were patiently waiting along with the salt. I added the date-coconut oil mixture and combined it all, then spread it on my baking sheet and flattened it to about a 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. Obviously the thinner they are spread, the crispier they will turn out.
I baked them for about 15-20 minutes and then removed them from the oven. I tossed some chocolate chips on top and placed it back in the just long enough for the chocolate chips to melt (just a few minutes). Obviously, 70% dark chocolate would be the healthiest option, but I didn't have any!
After the bar had cooled for about 15 minutes, I cut it into individual squares. I think this should be a sweet, somewhat healthy treat! Store them in the fridge in a sealed container and treat yourself!