Honey Almond Oat Bars – a great alternative to shop bought granola bars
There’s a huge market for breakfast bars, granola bars, breakfast biscuits etc. at the moment. Personally I find them really handy to throw in my bag as a snack on the go. There’s also something pretty decadent about eating biscuits for breakfast. Especially if they have chocolate chips or peanut butter toppings or dried fruit.
The only problem with these is that they’re not quite the health food that marketers would have you believe. My favourites of these are the Nature Valley oats and honey bars. The first ingredient in these is oats – so far so good. However the second listed ingredient is sugar, they also contain vegetable oil, corn flour, soy flour, brown sugar syrup as well as honey and finally ‘natural flavour’.
So I wanted to try and make something similar in a healthy kind of way and these honey almond oat bars turned out pretty delicious! These are not soft and chewy cereal bars, they are proper crunchy yummy biscuits. They’ll keep in an airtight container for a week or longer and this recipe will make enough for 12 decent servings. They are not quite as sweet as the ones you would buy but they are sweet enough to still have that treat type taste without causing you to have a sugar crash 2 hours later.
These honey almond oat bars include almonds and flax which along with the oats give lots of fibre. Also according to My Fitness Pal there is about 127 calories in each serving. There is far less sugar though than the shop bought ones.
Each of these weighs in at about 30g-35g so a little less than the 42g you get in 1 packet of 2 nature valley bars. But at 127 calories versus 190 calories and the knowledge that it’s all healthy unrefined stuff going in to these I think they are worth the 15 mins to put together and 25 mins to bake.
Ingredients for Honey Almond Oat Bars
2 Cups Oats, processed into fine flour
1 Cup Whole Oats
1/2 Cup Flaked Almonds
2 Heaped Tbsp Milled Linseeds (I use ones with added seeds and goji berries – yum!)
2 Heaped Tbsp Cacao Nibs (optional – use dried fruit, chocolate chips or anything that takes your fancy)
4 Tbsp Honey
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1. Pre heat your oven to 160C fan. Grease and line a suitable tin – I used a brownie tin that’s 30cm by 20cm.
2. Make your oat flour by processing for a couple of minutes in a food processor or blender until fine.
3. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
4. Gently heat the honey and coconut oil together and add to your dried ingredients with the vanilla extract.
5. Mix well together, get your hands in if you want. The mixture should first form little clumps and then come together.
6. Press it into the tin and score it with a knife so that the individual bars will be easier to snap apart once cooled. Bake for about 20-25 mins. Keep an eye on it for the last 5 – once it starts to brown on top it’s done.
7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin. Once cooled cut along the scored lines into individual bars and store in an airtight container.
Note: If you try to eat these honey almond oat bars straight out of the oven you will burn your tongue. It’s not pleasant. I do these stupid things so you don’t have to. I’m just thinking of you.