Fruit Bars


1 1/2 c steel cut oats
1 c quinoa flour
3/4 c coconut crystals
1/2 c coconut oil chilled
4-5 c fruit (OR 2-3 c unsweetened fruit preserves or jam )


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish and set aside. Mix the first 4 ingredients together until you have a wet, sand like consistency. Transfer all but 1/2 cup of the oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish. Using a spatula or the back of a spoon and press the mixture firmly into the dish in an even layer. Add the prepared fruit or preserves to the dish and spread out in an even single layer. Sprinkle the remaining oatmeal mixture over the top until evenly covered. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 40-50 minutes for fresh fruit or about 30-40 minutes for fruit preserves. Baking time will vary depending on the type of fruit used so make sure to keep an eye on the dish. The bars are done once the fruit is tender and the crumble top is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely before placing in the refrigerator. Let the dish cool for 1 hour


About leisatwatkins

In May 2011, I hit an all time low in my life and an all time high in my weight. I was 199 pounds and the idea of hitting 200 scared me. I had tried every known diet, HCG, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the grapefruit diet. I'd even tried Phen-phen when I was younger and Dexatrim before that. While I'd lose a little weight, I would always gain it back and then more. I knew the yo-yo dieting was not healthy for my body and it was definitely wreaking havoc on my mental wellness. I didn't know what to do and I was looking into taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight. That's when a friend of mine told me his story about losing over 200 pounds without pills, surgery, or starving himself. Not only did he lose the weight, but he kept it off. What did I have to lose? I asked him to share the secret with me. Now, only six short months later, I weigh 140 lbs and am working on losing 5 more. That will put me back to my weight that I was in HS, college, and before I had children. And I've done it with my friend's help as my Health Coach, without starving or even exercising, although I love to walk everyday. I haven't felt hungry at all in this process. How many "diets" can say that? I feel fantastic! I've felt great since the first week on this program. Let me be very clear about this. This is NOT a diet. This is not something you do for a little while, lose the weight, then go back to your old eating habits. This program is a life changing plan to help you eat healthier, make food choices that are tailored to your body, and bring you to a state of optimal physical health. If like me, you are tired of diets that don't work, then let me show you a life style plan that does.

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