This is a quick and delicious recipe can be used to kill your midday craving or as a quick pre-workout meal. These bars are an easy way to boost your fiber intake with the oats and peanut butter. You also get some healthy mono-saturated/saturated fats from the peanut butter, and vitamins and minerals from the honey. I really believe in the health properties of RAW honey. For more information on the health benefits of raw honey check out this article: https://authoritynutrition.com/10-benefits-of-honey/
That being said for this recipe you do have to heat the honey into its liquid if is not already in liquid form. The boiling point of honey is between 105-120 degrees F meaning it boils under relativity low heat, therefore its best to use a double boiler type method to heat the honey to preserve its anti-bacterial/fungal properties, see directions below. Feel free to add whatever other add ins to this recipe that you like, chocolate chips, cocoa, dried fruit, nuts, etc. You can also makes these protein bars by adding 1-2 scoops of protein powder!
Recipe: Makes approx 10 Bars
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup crunchy natural peanut butter* (unsalted)
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (optional but suggested )
** Feel free to use any other nut butter (or sunflower seed butter for nut-free) to replace the peanut butter.
** Also feel free to add whatever other extras you you desire
** To make protein bars add two scoops of your favorite protein powder and 2 tablespoons of milk or milk subsitute.
1. Line a standard cook sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a deep saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the some water to a boil. Using a small metal mixing bowl add your honey and place the bowl into the boiling water. This is known as creating a double boiler. A more gentle way to heat certain foods.
2. While the honey heats up, place the oats and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
3. Once your honey is liquefied remove from the double boiler add in the peanut butter and salt. Pour the warm mixture over the oats, and using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir the mixture well, coating the oats evenly. As the mixture cools, it will become sticky and difficult to mix, so move quickly.
4. Transfer the mixture to the lined cookie sheet, and press HARD to pack it into the pan. They should be about 1/2 inch thick deep. Pressing firmly will ensure that the bars stick together after you refrigerate them, this is crucial. Place the pan in the fridge (or freezer depending on how patient you are) to cool, then use a chef’s large knife to cut the bars.
Calories: 117 cal
Protein: 4 grams
Carbs: 18 grams
Fat: 4 grams
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