I love these so much. They are a no bake bar and super quick to throw together. Think salty, sweet and peanut butter-y. Full of oats, nuts and seeds. Healthy fats for the win. Perfect for a quick breakfast or grab and go little lunch. They are caloric so I am not comfortable calling them a snack. (unless I cut them smaller and ate less) Let's be real though, the first day I ate three for breakfast and then realized that this was probably more than half my days calories haha. Fuck. Anyway calories aren't the devil but it's good to be aware. (for me that is) These could easily be made vegan by subbing something else for honey, but I know a lot of vegans out there are cool with eating honey from a reputable source anyway sooo to each their own. I personally love the flavour honey gives these bars. Next time I might sub out some nuts/seeds for some dried fruit and chocolate. Cranberry, chocolate, hazelnut??? Yeaaaa.
Yield : 16 bars
3 cups oats
1 1/4 cup toasted almonds, roughly chopped
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3 tbsp ground flax seeds
3 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
1. Line a 9 x 13 inch cake pan with parchment paper. You want it to hang over the edges going both ways so it is easy to lift out.
2. Mix all the ingredients except for the honey, peanut butter and vanilla in a large bowl.
3. Heat the honey and peanut butter over medium heat until it bubbles. Stir in the vanilla. Remove from heat then pour the over the oat and nut mixture. Using a rubber spatula fold, stir and mix it all together until it is evenly mixed together. Took me maybe a couple minutes to really get it well combined.
4. Dump all this deliciousness into your prepared pan. Now run your hands under some water really quick to prevent your hands from sticking, and press the mixture into the pan. You want to really pack it down as firmly and evenly as possible so they hold together.
5. I put mine in the fridge overnight and cut them into 16 bars in the morning. But I'm sure a couple hours would do it or you could easily stick them in the freezer for a bit to speed up the process.
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