I’ve made snack bars before…but the last recipe I made had chocolate chips in them….I’ve found my NEW favorite bar that I feel even better about because I still get that chocolate BUT not the ADDED sugar from the chocolate chips in addition to the honey I use in this recipe.
These bars are perfect for *OnTheGo*, *Tasty Snack* or quick and better *Breakfast Bar*.
NOW I did some comparison! I used to eat Nature Valley Granola Bars…but really thats just a glorified carb candy bar in my opinion…there really isn’t any quality nutrition coming from that snack bar.
SO the ingredients in that well known bar are: Whole Grain Oats, Sugar, Canola Oil, Rice Flour, Honey, Salt, Brown Sugar Syrup, Baking Soda, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor.
Now — Im sure you don’t want to read about me breaking down those ingredients with the refined, processed, pure or not, fillers, etc etc.
Ill just get to MY YUMMY bar!
TO ME — I focus on quality & #cleaneating #wholefood #qualityingredients! This is NOT a low calorie snack but a TASTY treat that I feel more comfortable about eating and my little man LOVES them!
Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (Thick Cut personal preference)
Natural PB (only Peanuts – no sugar or oils added)
Coconut Oil (unrefined)
Cacao Powder OR Cocoa Powder (Unsweetened)
Pure Vanilla (NOT imitation extract)
PURE (Local yummy) Honey
I can pronounce them – define them- visually see and understand each ingredient as I read it to myself.
I make these and press into a baking dish and can cut out 12 ‘bars’. *THIS ONE is in the shape of a BAT lol – for Brayden haha. You can press it out even thinner and cut more bars.
NOW for the caloric count…I figured out the caloric count of each ingredient and amount use and with 12 bars it comes to 184 calories a bar.
That sugar and oat bar I mentioned above = 190calories
NOW TO ME — if I am going to consume those calories I WANT to know I’m feeding myself some quality ingredients Healthy fats, Superfood cacao (if you have that BUT cocoa works just as well), better Carb choice, and my sweets limited to one source and a local
pure one too (vs just sugar, sugar, sugar, oil, oats and rice flour.)
1/2 Cup of Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
5 Tbsp of Pure Natural Honey
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
3 Tbsp Cacao Powder OR Cocoa Powder (BOTH to be unsweetened)
1 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
Heat Coconut Oil to liquid form.
Add PB, Vanilla, & Honey.
Heat until thoroughly combined and smooth.
Add Cacao or Cocoa Powder. Mix well.
Add Oats. Mix until all covered.
Press in a parchment paper lined baking dish. Cover and refrigerate until hardened for easy cutting.