When we were cable-deprived little kids, we used to watch certain beloved VHS tapes over and over again. The selection included Bambi, Disney Sing-Alongs, and some of the best episodes of Sesame Street I have ever seen. I particularly enjoyed this clip:
They're singing, "It's hip to be a Clair." Right?!
I didn't appreciate the joke until I was much older. And I only realized it was a parody of a Huey Lewis song a few minutes ago. But as a math-loving, self-proclaimed nerd, I love strutting around singing how hip it is to be a square.
Lately though, I'm not the only hip square in our apartment. I wanted to make an easy recipe for something sweet, but light. And the result was a recipe for hip chocolate granola squares. These snacks have a crunchy surface on the outside but are still a little chewy in the middle. Made almost completely out of oats, they're definitely a no-guilt snack, but the sweetness and chocolate help me feel like I'm getting a real treat.
Hip Chocolate Granola Squares
1 cup oats
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup coconut oil, in liquid form
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 eggs)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp liquid stevia
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix the first six (dry) ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the last five (liquid) ingredients. Line a baking sheet with a large piece of parchment paper; the paper should easily cover the bottom and sides of the pan. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well. Pour batter onto baking sheet and gently spread it over the sheet with a spoon or spatula.
Bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove from oven and cut into bars, leaving them on the baking sheet. Bake for another 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.