#FoodFocus – The Real G.O.A.T: Oats – Peanut Butter Oat Bars and Bites

Why buy granola bars when these are so easy and cheap to make? Trust me when I tell you that they are absolutely delicious. You might want to double (or triple) the recipe 😉

Ingredients:
3 cups quick oats
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup liquid honey
dark chocolate for dip and drizzle (optional, right?)

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Oats, Peanut Butter, Honey

Measure the oats in a large bowl.

Put peanut butter and honey in a small saucepan over low to medium heat and stir until melted and runny.

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Pour peanut butter mixture over the oats and stir until blended and all the oats are evenly covered.

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Empty onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Form into a rectangle or square and smooth it down. Remember you will cut bars or squares from this.

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Melt the dark chocolate squares in the microwave being careful not to burn the chocolate. Drizzle over the large oat square. I like to cut into bars while it is still a bit warm so that I can reshape it if necessary. Refrigerate until cool.

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If you like your chocolate, you can always dip the bottom of the bars or squares into more melted chocolate and refrigerate again until set. And yes, chocolate is brain healthy too (Alban, 2012-2016).

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Peanut Butter Oat Bars with Chocolate Drizzle

I have made these with crunchy peanut butter too and they are amazing this way too!
So have fun and experiment with your own combinations using this one as your standard recipe and take it from there! As always, share them with me. I would love to see how yours turn out!

I added 1/2 cup of dried cranberries to make these:

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Cranberry Chocolate Oat Bites

If you want one with a little more variety in crunch and flavour, try adding some fruit and nut trail mix. I bought mine in bulk so it only adds a few cents to the cost of making these.

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Fruit and Nut Oat Bars

FYI
I did some math and calculated that these bars will cost between 40 cents and 65 cents each, depending on whether or not the peanut butter is on sale! And that’s if you make them 4.5″ X 1″, a fairly large size compared to the ones at the grocery store..

 

Works Cited

Alban, D. (2012-2016). 9 Brain Boosting Benefits of Dark Chocolate. Retrieved from Be Brain Fit: http://bebrainfit.com/brain-benefits-dark-chocolate/

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