Recipes and Food

Fat Tuesday – Don’t do it! Eat these Strawberry Oat Squares instead.

Ekk, it’s Fat Tuesday!! I know you want one of those yummy Paczkis, but don’t do it. You’ve put so much work into eating healthy and working out and those things and just horrible for you.

An paczki has, on average, 300-600 calories and 15g -25g of fat! Yikes!

Don’t Eat that! Instead make yourself some of my delicious  Strawberry Oat Squares. I mean take a look at these, don’t they look just as good!



And one of these only has 209 calories and 7g of fat. 🙂

I made these today for the first time and they are really good and kind of an extra special treat. It”s a recipe I adapted from this recipe on Oh She Glows. It’s made with nutritious fresh strawberries and plenty of oatmeal. The rest of the ingredients are things you should have around your house as well, with the exception of chia seeds. If you’ve never ventured into chia seed territory before you should give them a try, they are chock-full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Click here to read about this healthy seed.  If you don’t have chia seeds (which you can buy at your local supermarket) you can substitute flax seeds instead or leave out altogether. You can also make yours a little bit sweeter by adding another 1/4 cup of brown sugar for a total of 1/2 cup instead.

Strawberry Oat Squares (makes 12)

For Oat Base:
• 2.5 cups regular oats
• 1 cup oatmeal ground up (takes about 1 ¼ cups oatmeal)
• 1 tsp baking soda
• pinch sea salt
• 1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds+ 4 tbsp warm water, mixed)
1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1/3 cup butter melted
• 1/4 cup agave syrup
• 1/4 cup light soy or almond milk
• 1 teaspoon almond extract
• 1 tbsp sesame seeds (for topping only)

For Strawberry chia seed Jam:
• 3 1/2 cups chopped strawberries, finely chopped into 1/4 inch pieces OR approx 1 1/2 cup pre-made jam
• 1/4 cup sugar, to taste
• 2 tablespoons chia seeds
• 1 teaspoon almond extract


Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking pan (I used a 9 ½ x 7 ½ ) with parchment paper and oil the sides of the pan and base.

1. In a small bowl, mix the chia egg and set aside.
2. In a medium sized pot, add the chopped strawberries and sugar. Heat over low until the strawberries begin to sweat and it gets a bit watery. Once it heats down a bit, add in the chia seeds, and stir well. Bring to a boil and then simmer over low to medium heat for at about 10 minutes. Once it has thickened a bit, remove from heat, add the almond extract and cool for 5-10 min.
3. In a large bowl, mix the oat base dry ingredients: oats, oat flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
4. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter, agave, almond milk, almond extract, and chia egg. Stir well.
5. Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix well, using hands if necessary.
6. Set aside 1/2 cup of the dough for the topping.
7. Pour the oat mixture onto the prepared pan and press down with fingers. Use a spoon to smooth out if desired.
8. Pour on strawberry mixture and smooth out.
9. Now sprinkle on the reserved 1/2 cup oat mixture.
10. Sprinkle on 1 tbsp of sesame seeds or coconut.
11. Bake at 350F for approximately 30 minutes. Allow to fully cool for at least 30-40 minutes before gently removing from pan. Slice and then store in a container in the fridge to keep firm.


Nutritional Information

Calories: 209
Fat: 7g
Protein: 4g
Carbohydrate: 34g
Sodium: 5mg
Cholesterol: 13mg
Potassium: 104mg
Sugar: 15g
Fiber: 5g
Iron: 10%
Vitamin A: 4%
Vitamin C: 48%
Calcium: 5%



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