Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Dietitian Nutritionist-Approved Recipe For Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Let’s get snacking!

Who doesn't love a delicious and nutritious snack?  I typically eat one of these as a mid-morning snack, and because each bar is high in fibre, it keeps me feeling full until lunch time (does anyone else out there need to eat every 2-3 hours like I do?). 

These bars are simple to make, and freeze well. Each morning I grab one from the freezer, toss it in a reusable container, and it's thawed by the time I get to work. 

These bars are vegan, and a good source of soluble fibre and healthy fats. 

Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Ingredients

2 cups large flake oats

1 tsp cinnamon 

2 tbsp ground flax seed

2 medium apples, or 1 large apple, shredded (I use a cheese grater to do this)

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line a 9x9 inch baking dish with parchment paper, and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix oats, cinnamon, apple, and ground flax seed.

In a small saucepan, mix peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and water. Heat over medium-low until all of the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is runny.

Stir the peanut butter mixture into the oat mixture until well mixed. Transfer to the parchment-lined pan. Bake for 25 min, or until browned at the edges.

When finished baking, lift the bars out of the baking dish and set on a wire rack to cool. Allow to cool for at least one hour before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.