Health conscious people are always searching for ways to eliminate processed sugars and flour and increase their intake of whole grains with fewer additives and preservatives. Honey and oat bar recipes provide a way to achieve this.
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People have combined honey and oats for centuries. These ingredients have the benefit of being all-natural while still being tasty. By adding nuts, seeds and additional fibre, you can create a healthy snack that will provide energy without a lot of empty calories.
Oat bar types
There are a wide variety of honey oat bar recipes. Some are hard with a crunchy, grainy taste. Others are chewy with fruit and various softer grains. Still others are cake-like mixtures similar to biscuit bars.
1 cup softened butter 1/3 cup honey 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cup quick rolled oats 1 cup raisins or chopped nuts
Heat your oven to 180C. In a large bowl, mix the butter, honey and vanilla until it is smooth and creamy. Add the flour, rolled oats and salt; mix well. Stir in raisins or nuts. Press into an ungreased baking tray. Bake at 180C for 20 to 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cut into bars.
Personalise the oat bars by substituting other "stir-in" ingredients. Try sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, raisins or coconut, but do not change the quantities of the other wet and dry ingredients. To increase the health benefits of these bars, use whole wheat flour and raw sugars whenever possible.
Since there are no preservatives in these bars, reserve what you will eat in the first two days and then freeze the rest in small batches to be thawed out as needed.
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