As a parent that works from home, one would think I would have a lot more time to prepare healthy options through the day, but if anything the distractions of house duties and kiddo make it even more challenging. Oh yea, and don’t forget about an 8+ hour work day. But I digress…. ☺
Eating healthy isn’t always easy or cheap. Bars are a really easy and quick way rid the hunger pangs and give your body the fuel it needs to get through a busy day. Unfortunately, store bought bars can be pricey, ranging generally from 2-3 dollars a bar. Multiply that by a couple of people a couple of times a day and it can get a little outrageous. An initial investment and a little effort one day a week can give you bars that are just as tasty as the expensive ones at a fraction of the cost. Plus, the taste can be customized to your family-dark chocolate and dried strawberry for me, dried cherry and coconut for hubby. I am a huge fan of this recipe if you can’t tell.
There are several no bake options out there for bars, but I think baking them gives them a more cookie like texture and ultimately makes the bars stay together better. My husband often leaves them in his warm car while working to give them that fresh out-of-the oven warmth and they still manage to stick together through the day.
One tip–make sure to follow the last step and mold and squeeze the bars when they are cool enough to handle once out of the oven. This approach givers them the texture you are probably used to having with store bought bars.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cups puffed rice
- 1/4 cup quinoa flour
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1.5 cups mix in (dried berries, coconut flakes, etc)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Combine honey and coconut oil.
- Add flour, oats and puffed rice until well combined.
- Add mix-ins.
- Lightly grease cooking sheet with coconut oil.
- Using your hands, create compact balls and squeeze them into flat patties.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- After cool enough to handle, re-shape and squeeze the bars into desired shape.