Saturday, October 5, 2013

Peanut Butter & Honey Oat Bars

On the lookout for more healthy snack ideas that not only will I enjoy but my family will enjoy too.  During one of my searches I came along this new recipe and although it is not one my son can take to school (his classroom is peanut free) it sounded really tasty.  Best of all I had all the ingredients at home so I liked it even better!! Finding recipes that don't require me to make an extra trip to the grocery store is a SCORE in my book!! 

Peanut Butter & Honey Oat Bars

1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups oats (I used old fashioned oats)
1/2 cup chopped honey roasted peanuts (although I used almonds instead)

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper, making sure the paper hangs over the sides. 
3. Either in microwave or stovetop (personally I prefer stovetop), melt honey, coconut oil, and peanut butter.  Heat and stir until it gets runny and peanut butter is completely melted.  Mix in vanilla and cinnamon and continue to stir. 
4. In a large bowl combine oats, nuts and liquid mixture until everything is combined and mixture is completely coated.  
5. Pour mixture into prepared pan and press down with back of spoon, bake in oven for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown. 
6. Once you take bars out of oven, press down with the back of spoon again to insure the oats are pressed firmly together.  Let the bars cool slightly and carefully take out bars by grabbing onto parchment paper and cut into 16 slices.  Let bars cool completely and harden at room temperature.  

Store bars in air tight container in the refrigerator. 

Last but not least ENJOY!!

If you try this recipe, please let me know your thoughts.  My first batch I made I thought it was too sweet so the next batch I decreased the honey to 1/4 cup.  MUCH BETTER!  I have been eating clean for over a year now so my level of sweetness has definitely decreased.  Some people might like it with the full 1/2 cup honey so play around with it and see what you like best. 

Whether you are a clean eater or not, having this type of snack, which not only tastes great but is good for you too, you are fueling your body right!! 
You should be proud of your choices!!

For those that are interested in eating healthy or want to compare how well they are eating, I invite you to join me in my Healthy Eating challenge group.  Everything is done via the Internet so no in person meetings are necessary.  We discuss ways to stay motivated so you are not falling off the wagon every other day, we meal plan, discuss tips to incorporate planning and prepping into your already busy schedule, healthy recipes, snacking idea, tips for travel, and so much more.  If you would like more information about this type of group, my other health and fitness groups, or would like to join please CONTACT ME and we will set up a time to discuss your specific needs and wants.  

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