Everyday after school the boys ask the same question: “what’s for snack?” Unfortunately a banana or apple just doesn’t cut it so I end up spending a fortune on Bear YoYos or various cereal bars.
So in the spirit of saving money in January, I decided that we were going to make our own bars!
I looked up various recipes and this one is basically a combination of a few different ones, and it works really well.
It dawned on me that making oat bars is actually a great way to get rid of some dry ingredients from your cupboards. We had a bowl of nuts left over from Christmas and a pack of dates, so we decided to call this recipe “Leftover Christmas Date and Nut Oat Bars”
You will need:
90g peanut butter
130g nuts (we used hazlenuts, a few walnuts and then the remainder of a bag of mixed nuts and raisins)
- We started by taking the stones out of the dates and cracking the nuts. The boys really got involved here and there was definitely a bit of “one for me, one for the bowl” going on when they were de-stoning the dates!
- When the dates were ready we popped them into our Nutribullet and processed them until they they formed a squidgy dough like consistency – this will help bind the bars together later.
- We measured out the oats and popped them into a bowl with the nuts and dates.
- Next we mixed the peanut butter and honey in a small pan and heated it over a low heat for a minute or two.
- We added the honey and peanut butter mixture to the bowl with the oats, nuts and dates and gave everything a good mix together.
- Next we lined a smallish baking dish (or you could use anything really, a cake tin, a shallow pan, a loaf tin etc) with baking parchment and transferred the mixture in.
- We all helped to press the mixture down so that it stuck together well.
- The dish went into the fridge for half an hour to set, before we took it out and cut into bars.
And Tah Dah:
As you can see, a few raisins made it into the mix when we were using up the pack of mixed nuts and raisins and actually they worked really well so I would definitely add them in next time.
Freddie: “I really enjoyed making them but I don’t really like the nuts.” Score: 3.5/5
Xavi: “I liked getting the stones out of the things (he means the dates) and I love the bars, they’re yummy” Score: 4/5
These oat bars were fairly simple to make and were a great way of using up some old ingredients. I would say that these were actually a bit dry and next time I would reduce the amount of dry ingredients, or make more of the honey and peanut butter mixture.
To make them more exciting for the kids, I think I might add in some chocolate chips next time.