A healthy, sugar free snack recipe for Oat Bars – perfect for lunchboxes
1 large ripe banana
1/2 tsp each of cinnamon and ground ginger
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 cups raw oats
1/3 cup each of slivered almonds, roughly chopped pistachios, roughly chopped dried apricots, dessicated coconut (or a combination of your choice, use seeds, raisins, dried cranberries, figs, dates – go wild)
2 Tbsp peanut butter (optional) (I used sugarfree), loosened with 1 Tbsp hot water
2 Tbsp cooking oil
2 Tbsp honey
Pre-heat your oven to 170C and line a 20cm x 20cm baking tray with baking paper.
Add the banana to a large mixing bowl and mash well with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients except the oil and honey and mix well until combined.
Briefly heat the oil and honey together in a small saucepan or in the microwave and add to the remaining mixture, mixing until combined.
Spread the mixture out into your prepared baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden. Remove, allow to cool on a wire rack and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container. Keeps for about 1 week (if they survive greedy fingers for that long!)
Recipe provided by Sarah Graham, author of Bitten, Smitten and A Foodie Lives Here food blog.