When you have to eat and run, grab one of these tasty oaty breakfast bars and pack in enough slow-release carbs to keep you feeling full until lunchtime
Bars such as these are made by lots of the big cereal companies but they are usually packed with preservatives, additives and highly processed oils. The beauty about making your own is you can at least control the ingredients.
Even if the calorie-dense goodies are not exactly low-calorie, they give out a lot of energy in a small bar. Each one of these is around 180 calories depending on what you add to them, whereas a typical commercial cereal bar is around 400 calories. Add in whatever healthy mix-ins you have in the store cupboard.
These are quite a chewy consistency and will need storing in the fridge in an airtight container.
Makes about 16
– 285g rolled oats (not instant)
– 135g assorted seeds of choice: sunflower, pumpkin etc.
– 3 bananas
– 160g apple sauce (unsweetened)
– 20g dried cranberries or cherries
– 1 tsp ground cinnamon
– 2 tbsp honey
– Mix-ins to taste, such as toasted almonds, raw peanuts, coconut flakes, dried apricots
1. Heat oven to 180C and line a nine by 13in baking tray.
2. In a bowl, mash the bananas and mix in the apple sauce.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until everything is combined and evenly distributed.
4. Tip into the baking dish and press to distribute evenly. Don’t omit the pressing otherwise you risk the bars breaking up when released from the tin.
5. Bake for about 30 mins or until the mix is a light golden colour and beginning to come away from the sides of the dish.
6. Cool for about 10 mins then cut into 16 bars.
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