Since cleaning up our diet and cutting out most processed foods, I spend a lot more time in the kitchen, obviously. The place that used to intimidate me, has now become where I spend a good portion of my day. Not because I have to, but because I have found that I actually enjoy spending time in the kitchen…now that I’m learning my way around it. I enjoy trying new recipes. Among those have been portable breakfast and energy treats for my husband. He gets up, out the door and on the road very early, so his breakfast needs to be portable. Honestly I have never really purchased too many granola bars and such because, aside from all the extra junk in them, I found them a bit pricey for what they were. What a pleasant surprise it has been to find out how cheap and easy I could make these treats at home. And they don’t have all the artificial junk, preservatives, and other ingredients I can’t pronounce or required a google search to know what they are. So now I feel better knowing that my husband has a healthy treat to get his day started instead of the vending machine garbage that he relied on in the past.
I adapted the following recipe from Marathon Mom’s Peanut Butter Granola Bars. So easy, so filling, so good!
Peanut Butter Oat Bars
1 1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbs ground flax
1/2 cup peanuts
handful of chocolate chips (optional)
Simply melt the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat while stirring frequently.
Mix in the oats, flax and peanuts.
Spread into a greased pan (8×8), cupcake tins, or other mold. I used heart shaped molds.
After filling your chosen pans/molds, gently push in chocolate chips if desired.
Place in refrigerator or freezer until firm.
Remove from molds or cut into bars if using a baking pan.
Store in fridge. Grab and go.