Very Veggie Oat Bars

Becca
by Becca
9 slices
1 hr 40 min

These very veggie oat bars are packed with fresh veg, and are perfect for picnics or lunch boxes!

The very veggie lentil bake on my blog is such a hit that I thought this whole ‘very veggie’ thing could be a bit of a recurring theme. One batch of these very veggie oat bars contains a whole courgette (zucchini), 3 carrots and 3 spring onions, along with oats, eggs and plenty of grated cheese – all good ingredients to make a good savoury oat bar!

These very veggie oat bars are great for lunch with a dollop of coleslaw and a bit of salad – and they’re tidy enough to pop in a lunchbox too. Makes a change from a soggy cheese sandwich!

Recipe details
  • 9  slices
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 70 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 40 min
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium courgette (zucchini), grated (mine was around 315g / 11oz / 2 cups when grated)
  • 3 medium carrots, grated (mine were around 200g / 7oz / 1 3/4 cups when grated)
  • 225 g extra mature cheddar cheese, grated (~ 2 1/4 cup when grated)
  • 150 g (~ 1 1/2 cups) rolled oats
  • 80 g (~ 1/2 cup) self-raising flour
  • Few sprigs fresh basil or parsley, roughly chopped
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp pesto (I used tomato and chilli pesto)
  • 4 eggs
  • 75 ml (~ 1/4 cup) milk
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or parsley
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Oil for greasing
Instructions

Add the grated courgette (zucchini), grated carrot, grated cheese, oats, flour, chopped herbs, and spring onions to a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine. Then add the pesto, eggs, milk, dried herbs, and a good pinch of salt and pepper, and stir thoroughly until well mixed.
Grease a suitably sized baking dish, and transfer the oat mixture to the dish. Smooth out the top, and cover loosely with foil (remember the mixture will rise a little due to the self-raising flour). Bake at 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F) for around an hour, then remove the foil, and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until crisped up to your liking.
Leave to cool, or slice and serve straight away.
Becca
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