What’s Cookin’? No-Bake Oatmeal Bars

I’m still looking for more nutritious, protein-based snacks for the boys.  Options are limited with peanut/nut and egg allergies.  Cheese with crackers or fruit/veggies, and apples with sunflower butter are always options, but I want to offer variety.  I came across this recipe and thought it would fit the bill.  Unfortunately, only Liam and I enjoyed these bars.  I believe that I ate most of them.  They certainly hit the spot when I was craving something sweet and I didn’t feel too guilty eating five at once! 🙂

No-Bake Oatmeal Bars

1-1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup  sunflower butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Mix everything together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed.   If needed add a little more honey/sunflower butter to help blend ingredients.  Line an 8 x 8 baking dish with wax paper.  Transfer oatmeal mixture to baking dish and press until the bottom of the dish is covered.  Chill for about 45 minutes.  Using a sharp knife cut into bars.  To store, layer in an airtight container with wax paper to prevent the bars sticking together.

Variations: You can substitute any of the ingredients for what suits your fancy.  You can use flaxseed instead of wheat bran, peanut butter (or other nut better) in place of sunflower butter, coconut flakes rather than raisins.  The choices are endless.  Play with the recipe until you find something that works for you.

This recipe is adapted from Smashed Peas and Carrots.

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