Easy Protein Oat Bars
So, I made these last week when I wasn't in my normal (lovely) kitchen, and lots of people have been asking for the recipe, and I'm not the type to deprive anyone of what they ask, so here it is!
The recipe came about whilst I was looking for snack ideas to enjoy as part of a healthy lifestyle, that is, with plenty of nutritional value, not to mention, which packs a protein punch. And so, I came up with these.
A tasty bar, naturally sweetened with dates, to give you an energy spike. Dates are also a great source of fibre, as well as containing various anti-oxidants, which promote a range of health benefits, including protecting the body from inflammation and a healthy heart.
Now, lets talk about oats. If you know me, you'll know I'm a fan of oats. They have a plethora of health benefits, including lowering blood sugar levels and cholesterol, as well as being a good source of fibre and vitamins and minerals. And lets not forget, oats contain a good dose of protein, and slow release sugars, keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
Almonds next. We all know that nuts and seeds can be quite calorific, but when you take in to account that in a 1 oz (28g) portion of almonds, you get 6g of protein and 3.5g of fibre, as well as magnesium, vitamin E and manganese, these nuts (which technically are seeds) are pretty special. Just don't over-do your portion sizes, as they also contain a healthy dose of fat.
Another ingredient in these bars is peanut butter. I am a bit obsessed with peanut butter at the moment. I'm not talking about the peanut butter that has been packed full of more sugar, palm oil and other additives. I'm talking about those brands of peanut butter which are 100% peanut, as well as homemade peanut butter (so easy!), but that's for another day.
So, peanut butter is high in calories and fat. But, it is fairly low in sugar, and is packed full of protein, anti-oxidants and vitamins, which all help to promote a healthy body.
Ok, I think I've probably bored you enough with all of my nutrition talk, so here's the recipe..
There's no baking involved, and this recipe should yield 10 bars.
200g Dates (I used Whitworths)
125g Porridge oats (gf or standard)
100g Flaked almonds (toasted)
50g Peanut butter (I used Meridian smooth)
45g Clear honey
Line a baking tin with clingfilm. I used a 10x6 inch tin for these.
Put the dates in a a food processor and blend until they form a sticky ball. Equally, if you don't have a food processor, chop the dates and gently warm them through in a saucepan to soften them.
Weigh out the oats and almonds in to a large mixing bowl.
Tip the dates, peanut butter and honey in to the dry ingredients and stir (it will take a bit of effort to ensure everything is well mixed).
Once the mixture has been evenly coated, pour in to the prepared tin.
Push the mixture to the edges of the tin and press down firmly until well compacted.
Cover with clingfilm and pop in the fridge for at least an hour.
Once completely set, remove from the tin and cut in to 10 slices.
And that's it! Enjoy with a cup of tea when you need an afternoon snack.
We hope you enjoy the recipe as much as we have enjoyed eating them!
Holly @ TBD x