No bake oat bars

These oat bars are life and will hit the spot without hitting your hips. No baking required makes this super convenient and easy. This will be a winner with your picky eaters as it has been given the thumbs up by my hubby(he hates anything that sounds like health).

INGREDIENTS:

  • coconut oil/ nonstick cooking spray/ old fashioned butter
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 3/4 cup nut butter ( I mixed up my nut butter with what I had in the pantry)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Lightly grease one side of a piece of parchment paper with the coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray. I did not have any of these after deciding to make the recipe and thus ended up using my gran’s tried and tested method: use butter to cover the inside of the baking dish.

2. If you have gone the parchment route then place your parchment paper over the baking dish, with the greased side up.

3. Measure the oats into a medium-size mixing bowl. I also added chia seeds into my mixture but either will be yum.

4. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat.

5. Add your nut butter and honey to the saucepan, stirring to combine and continue to heat. This was my favourite part as the honey easily just mixed in and normally honey gives me anxiety.

6. Once the edges start to bubble, stir the mixture constantly for 30 sec. Pay attention to this step as the bubble is subtle and you might burn your mixture.

7. Remove the mixture from the heat. Add the vanilla and the salt. Mixing completely.

8. Pour the warm mixture over the oats. Fold the oats into the mixture until evenly coated. This is very easy if your mixture is too moist…MOIST(for the ones that hate that word) you can fix it by slowly adding more oats.

9. Scoop the oat mixture into the middle of the parchment paper and evenly press the oats into the bottom of the baking tray. I also rolled some bite-size balls which made for a fun alternative.

10. Let cool down and then store in the fridge.

Easy to grab snacks on the go. If your mixture is very wet then your bars will become softer as they get to room temperature, when you take them out of the fridge My mixture was drier as I added in the chia seeds.

All that is left now is to serve, grab and enjoy.

Till next time.

The Confident Dinosaur

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