These bars are o so delicious! And even better? They are filled with health promoting ingredients.
Oats may not be as trendy as things like quinoa – but they pack a punch nutritionally! They are similar to quinoa in terms of energy content, carbohydrate and protein (you can see all the similarities here) but are wayyyyy cheaper. Oats also contain beta glucans which can help lower cholesterol!
Also in this recipe is peanuts (actually a legume) and sunflower seeds. Nuts and seeds are a rich source of monounsaturated fats and protein. These ‘good fats’ are especially helpful in reducing your risk of heart disease.
Another plus of these bars? A relatively good amount of fibre – at about 3g/ bar.
Yes, there is some sugar (from honey and the chocolate PB) But sugar is not the evil ingredient we are often led to believe (you can read what I think about sugar here). It’s all about how often you consume these types of things, and the overall quality of your diet that is important here. These make a great snack for busy children (and adults alike) to keep you energised, and feeling full in-between meals.
What you will need
½ cup peanuts roughly chopped
¼ cup sunflower seeds
2 cups oats
½ cup peanut butter (I used Fix & Fog Dark Chocolate)
3 Tbsp honey
1 egg beaten
35g 70% dark chocolate for drizzling
What you need to do
Heat the oven to 160 degreesC and line a 20cm x 20cm tin. Bake the nuts and seeds until golden (about 10 mins).
Combine the nut and seed mix with the oats. Make a well in the middle and add the nut butter, honey (I heated mine til runny) and the beaten egg. Mix well. With wet hands, press the mixture into the lined baking tray and bake for 20-25 mins. Allow to cool and slice into bars (about 12)
You can drizzle this in extra chocolate if you want – I did!!
Easy peasy – let me know if you make these
I have adapted this recipe from Healthy Food Guide NZ