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Healthy Maple Oat Petit Fours

These are not granola bites, and they are not cubed cookies.

They are soft, they are chewy.  They are moist, they are tasty.

Edit:  they are dang tasty!


And they don’t need to be baked!  Who wants to turn on an oven when its 105 degrees outside?  Um, not me.  And probably you too… unless you live in a fridge.

I was originally trying to make Oatmeal & Fruit Jam Bars, but I didn’t feel like cutting up pieces of parchment paper and lining a brownie pan (silly reason I know), so instead, I pressed the mixture meant for the crust into a chocolate mold.  As I was eating a petit four, I realized that the texture was really soft, similar to Larabars.  The petit fours were moist from the oat flour and maple syrup, making these cute like cubes low-glycemic and more likely to sustain your energy and hunger for a longer time.  They were really nutty due to the flax, and I immediately wanted another one.

Quantity control, Jessica, control!  Let’s just say I took another one.  Or three.

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Healthy Maple Oat Petit Fours

Servings: 24 cubes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes



  • Add the oats and cereal to a blender and blend until it's almost a flour. Dump the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir in the protein powder, flax, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, stevia extract, and maple flavor. Mix into the dry ingredients.
  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper (or use this chocolate mold), and press the mixture inside until compact. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then slice and serve!

PS:  Now that I think of it, what would be great is a petit four dipped slightly into dark chocolate… similar to those Nature Valley Granola Thins… yum!


With love and good eats,


– Jess


9 comments on “Healthy Maple Oat Petit Fours”

  1. Hi! Is there anyway to substitute the protein powder? I have all the ingredients but that! 😀 These look good!! 😀

  2. Qi Ting,
    I’m not sure… maybe try replacing it with more oat flour? It might change the taste and texture though.

  3. Hey! I’m really enjoying your blog Jessica! Thanks for these wonderful recipes! I’ll be coming back often!

  4. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits

    Thank you!

  5. Hey, I love this initiative of yours! I’m a fellow nutritional sciences student from around the other side of the world, and I have to say I enjoy all your recipes. However, you may want to reconsider your choice of oil, coconut oil has between 85 and 90% saturated fat. As a general rule, olive oil is preferred as it is lower in saturated fat. (Dietician’s Association, Australia)

    • Educate yourself first… don’t listen to what “they” say. Coconut oil is one of the best things you can put into your body! It might be high in saturated fat, but it’s the good, plant-derived kind. Coconut oil is over 50% monolaurin which is the stuff in mothers milk that gives babies their immunities. it is antifungal, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antimicrobial and a few others I forgot. It has been proven in a study that coconut oil actually reduces belly fat in conjunction with moderate exercise (walking) and no change in eating habits. Read about it… you’ll be amazed! 🙂

  6. Carly,
    Yes, I know that coconut oil has a high saturated fat content, but saturated fats are still necessary in the daily diet! I make sure to use it sparingly in my recipes, at most around 1-3 tbs. I also don’t eat meat very often, and I would rather consume saturated fats from a plant source. Liquid oils such as olive and walnut wouldn’t hold these petit fours together : (
    Overall, coconut oil is much better than a stick of butter! : )

    For more info:

  7. Ooo, these look like the oat versions of Larabars!!! Looks so tasty!!!

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