Despite the lack of posts lately our kitchen has been extremely busy. It’s the end of the school year and things are just crazy busy. Swim practice four days a week has started. The kids are playing outside. The garden needs tending…the work never ends.
That is why these bars have become a staple in our house. They are similar to these granola balls, just in bar form. I make them often, they disappear quickly with three boys!
They are incredibly easy to make and have many add in options. You can use rolled oats or quick oats. I myself have been using quick oats lately because I bought them accidentally, I meant to get rolled oats! This is the perfect thing for me to make now that I have them.
I add chia seeds for a little extra nutritional boost. You could easily add hemp seeds, ground flax seed, oat bran or wheat germ. Dried fruit, nuts or coconut also give these bars a great flavor and texture. Sprinkle some chocolate chips on top and let them melt and spread. The possibilities are endless.
With swim season in full swing now these will always be in our house. I keep them in the fridge since it’s too hot to leave them out. I can grab a few for after school snack, pack them for an emergency snack in the car or put them in the cooler for swim meets when I need to feed my hungry pack of wolves!
No Bake Oat Bars
3 c. oats
1 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. honey
3 Tbs. chia seeds or other seeds
Add ins such as dried fruit, chopped nuts or cooconut, chocolate chips for the top (if desired)
Put the oats, chia seeds and any other add ins in a bowl and stir to combine. Put the peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, stir. If it isn’t well combined yet warm for another 30 seconds. Stir and add to oat mixture. Stir everything until well combined and place in a parchment paper lined 8×8 pan. Pack the mixture down using the bottom of a cup. If desired sprinkle the top with chocolate chips, once they melt spread out evenly. Refrigerate for about an hour and then cut into bars. Store in an airtight container in a cool place (for me that’s the fridge with our heat).
Yields: 16 bars