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January is National Oatmeal Month.

Rock on.

This might be the coolest holiday since Christmas.

I’m sure you are all planning an epic oatmeal party with all of your closest friends and relatives.

You might even be tempted to stock up on products featuring that fine looking gentleman that adorns boxes of  oatmeal, granola bars, and various breakfast items.

Well don’t.

Put it back.

I’m not normally into fear mongering and smear campaigns but that stuff is evil.

And I’m pretty sure that innocent looking oatmeal man is the devil.

Just look at what he puts in his Oatmeal To Go bars:

WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SUGAR, BROWN SUGAR, OAT BRAN CONCENTRATE, RICE FLOUR, OAT FLOUR, MARGARINE (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL**, SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL**, SALT, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA [A PRESERVATIVE], ANNATTO COLOR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE), MALTODEXTRIN, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, DRIED PUREED BANANAS, GLYCERIN, CORN SYRUP, DRIED WHOLE EGGS, WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, MALTED BARLEY EXTRACT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, SALT, SORBITOL, MALT (CONTAINS BARLEY, SOY, AND WHEAT COMPONENTS), SODIUM BICARBONATE, CORN FLOUR, MALIC ACID, SODIUM ALGINATE, ENZYME MODIFIED SOY PROTEIN, NATURAL MIXED TOCOPHEROLS, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE AND BHT (PRESERVATIVES), ARTIFICIAL COLOR, NIACINAMIDE*, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, REDUCED IRON, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE*, RIBOFLAVIN*, THIAMIN MONONITRATE*, FOLIC ACID*.

I counted sugar no less than five times.

I think I counted 54 ingredients.

I’m not sure because I kept getting distracted by asterics.

Because apparently a food label requires footnotes.

I’ve read novels with a shorter word count.

That’s scary.

Especially when you can make the same thing at home with less ingredients, less sugar, and a recipe that doesn’t require Cliffnotes to understand.

Banana Nut Breakfast Bars

1 1/2 cups Old-Fashioned Oats

1/4 cup ground almonds

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup mashed banana (2 large)

3/4 cup non-dairy milk

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 tablespoon ground almonds

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine oats, almonds, ground flax, cinnamon, salt and baking powder.

In another bowl, mash banana and whisk in milk, maple syrup and canola oil.

Add banana mixture to oats and mix thoroughly.

Pour into a prepared 8 x 8 baking dish.

Sprinkle with one tablespoon ground almonds.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until center is set and edges just start to pull away from the side of the pan.

Cut into 9 0r 12 squares.

Processed oatmeal bars have got to go.

Go make real food!

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