Buckeye Oat Bars

Feeling Forgiven & Buckeye Oat Bars

1 John 1:9 (erv)

But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done.

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The Bible tells us over and over again that because of the death of Jesus, we’re forgiven. But one of my greatest struggles is that I don’t feel forgiven. It’s a lie that follows me throughout so many seasons of my life. It often feels like the truth, but it simply isn’t.

I think that one of the reasons I struggle so much with forgiveness is because I can’t wrap my mind around forgiving someone who’s so undeserving, like myself. It’s true that I’m undeserving of forgiveness. But it’s also true what God says about me. He says I’m forgiven anyway.

It’s not up to me; I can’t earn His forgiveness, and I can’t talk Him out of it either. In fact, He made the choice to forgive all of us when He sent Jesus to die for our sins. He didn’t have to do it, He chose to. The next time you feel unforgiveable, try to remember that that’s what’s really true. Everything else – all the nagging thoughts about being unworthy of forgiveness – those are nothing more than lies.

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What makes you feel unforgivable? Do you struggle with believing that God is really able to forgive you?

Pray

Ask the Lord to remind you of His amazing truth today and to eradicate the lies that have made their way into your thoughts.

Buckeye Oat Bars

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

Serves 8 Buckeye Oat Bars • 1 Bar

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a brownie pan with parchment paper
  3. In a bowl, mash banana until it becomes a smooth texture
  4. Add egg to banana and whisk until fully combined
  5. Add 1 cup of the oats, baking powder, and 2 tablespoons of honey to banana mixture and stir
  6. Pour oat mixture into pan evenly and bake for 15 minutes
  7. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 30-60 seconds
  8. Add peanut butter to chocolate and stir
  9. Drizzle over the top of the baked oats
  10. Combine remaining oats, honey, shredded coconut, and melted coconut oil
  11. Using clean hands, sprinkle oat mixture on the top of the chocolate layer
  12. Return to oven for 10 minutes
  13. Pull parchment paper from brownie pan and place on a plate
  14. Put plate in the freezer for 30 minutes to cool and set before serving
  15. Slice into 8 pieces
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