Oaty Bars

by jilldahan on April 28, 2014

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These little gems are not only a doddle to whip up but they are wholesome and healthy enough to have everyday! They are a staple in my house during term times.  These bars make a great breakfast on the go, lunchtime treat, after school snack, or late night study break! You can even add dark chocolate chips if that is your thing.  They contain oats and almonds with oodles of fiber and protein plus a brain feeding fat, coconut oil.  This is a snack that will satisfy your taste buds and also your hunger for hours! These bars are sweetened with coconut sugar which in a blind teen tasting test with 20 teens completely out tasted other sugars including maple syrup, brown sugar, honey, and agave. Coconut sugar not only beats every other sugar on taste but also on the number of nutrients and vital amino acids that it contains.  Its also low glycemic so it won’t make you go bonkers!  This sugar really is too good to believe and is almost as good as believing in Santa Claus (Father Christmas) all over again!

sugar,oats, and almonds

Oaty Bars

Makes about 9 bars

1/3 cup (2.5oz/75g) extra virgin coconut oil or unsalted butter
2 tbsp unsalted almond, peanut, or sunflower butter
1/4 cup (1.25 oz/35g) coconut sugar
1 1/2 cups (6oz/175g) old fashioned oats, ground finely in a blender
1/4 cup (1oz/28g) unsalted raw sunflower seeds, ground finely
1/4 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate pieces (for an optional extra treat)

Melt oil or butter and mix with but butter and sugar until combined.  Add oats, seeds, and chocolate if using and stir until coated.  Grease a glass or light colored pan 8×8 inch with a little oil or butter and press mixture firmly in the bottom.  Bake on the middle rack of the oven at 350F (180C) for 20 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove and press mixture firmly down into the pan with a spatula and cool in the fridge or freezer until firm.  Cut into squares when completely cool.

Thank you again for the fab food photo Elke Talbot!  You are the bomb!

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