Back in the summer one of my readers, Dawn, contacted me asking if I could re-create a snack bar that she had found in a cafe in Victoria, Canada. The only thing she knew was that it had peanut butter and oats in it.
You know me! I like a challenge, but this one was particularly tricky since at the time I was unable to eat oats (I was on the GAPS diet) and Mr M hates peanut butter! The kids were not keen on my first attempts either!
Finally, after fiddling around for a few months I came up with these. Hopefully they are something like the bar that Dawn so fondly remembered!
They are sticky and satisfying, yet not too sweet. Perfect as an energy boost half way through the morning or afternoon, or after a workout!
They are incredibly versatile. If you don’t have any dates, use dried apricots (ideally the organic, brown ones that don’t have sulphites in them); if you fancy adding some seeds, throw a teaspoonful in; if you fancy a little chocolate fix add a teaspoon of cocoa. In my latest batch I added a teaspoonful of bee pollen…just because I had it knocking around in a cupboard, along with cocoa and apricots! You get the drift…use the recipe as a base for whatever you want to do! Not to say there is anything wrong with the basic recipe! We love it!
Is there anything that you would like me to create especially for you? If so then do get in touch. I love being contacted by you…it helps me to know that there is someone reading this!
As always if you make these bars then do let me know what you think and share any photos on your favourite social media channel, making sure you tag me in the post!
- 50g natural peanut butter (without sugar)
- 50g pitted medjool dates, or ordinary dates soaked in boiling water for 20 minutes and drained (or dried apricots)
- 50g gluten-free (or ordinary) oats
- 20g runny honey
- Place all the ingredients into a mini food processor or full sized one and whizz until the mixture starts to stick together
- Press the mixture into a suitable sized square or rectangular dish - the size will depend upon how thick you want your bars to be
- Place in the fridge to set before cutting into squares, rectangles or 'fingers'
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container
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