4 October 2014

Honey Nut Oats Bars


Eve 04/10/14

A simple and easy oat bar recipe made in one bowl and ready in 30 minutes. Sweet, soft and nutty, these bars would be great for a on-the-go breakfast.


It's October! Autumn is here; orange leaves are scattered all over the ground. There is a chill in the air and frost on the grass and my ankle boots are now nearly attached to my feet!

As the leaves turn golden and orange,
As the nights turn darker and colder,
And as your fingers and toes become numb,
You know that Autumn has arrived.

Apples, pumpkins,
Squash and pears all come into season,
As Guy Fawkes performs his treason.
Bonfire crackling, 
As the Halloween witches are cackling,

Autumn has arrived


These bars have it all; packed with oats, organic honey and nuts. Oats are a natural super-food, being high in fibre and protein while having a low glycemic index and sugar count. 
Honey contains flavonoids which can prevent certain cancers and heart diseases while being a natural sweetener. 
Nuts are rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids and nuts can also stabilise blood sugars and are high in vitamin E which is crucial for cell development.

Everything about these bars is healthy! Well, except from the sweetened condensed milk and butter.

These bars are "nourishing" - I love that word, it just sounds so "good for you"! 

These honey oat bars are a cross between a flapjack and a granola bar. Flapjacks usually contain oats and a lot of butter and golden syrup. This, once baked, produces a very hard slab of sweet oats which are quite greasy. 
Bought granola bars are a little bit like a shortbread but with the addition of oats, making a hard but crumbly bar, kinda like a breakfast biscuit. 

When its comes to cereal bars, I love muesli or chewy granola bars. Also, if I am buying a flapjack, instead of making them myself, I love a soft, chewy but hearty flapjack   (serious guilty pleasure!). Lets combine the two to make a sweet, oaty and flavourful bar!


Honey Nut Oat Bars
Posted by Eve 
Makes 12
Ingredients

  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 50g organic honey
  • 100g sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp. plain flour
  • pinch of baking powder
  • 250g rolled oats or quick-cook oats or a mixture of both
  • 120g mixed nuts or your choice, I used salted peanuts and unsalted almonds and hazelnuts, roughly chopped.
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºc/ 160ºc fan/ gas mark 3 and line a 2ocm square tin with tin foil or baking parchment and grease with some oil.
  2. Put the butter, honey and condensed milk into a small saucepan and heat slowly on medium heat until the butter is just melted. Add the flour, baking powder, oats and nuts to the melted mixture and stir very well until combined and covered in the honey buttery mix. 
  3. Spoon the oats into the prepared tin and using the back of a rubber spatula or a square tin slightly smaller than the baking tin, put down the mixture very well. This makes the bars firmer.
  4. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes until lightly golden. Leave the bars to cool to room temperature in their tin before putting into the fridge for 1 hour to firm up and set. Once chilled, remove from the tin and slice into bars. 

Enjoy!


Store the bars in an air-tight container for up to 1 week. 


2 comments:

  1. These look scrumptious! will give them a try.

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    1. Thanks Susanna, I am sure you will love them!
      Eve x

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