Finding snacks for the kids that aren’t full of sugar but are still appealing and delicious can be difficult. Luckily, Chris Bavin has just the recipe to please the little ones.
These oat bars are great snacks for on the go and are suitable for freezing, so you can have an endless supply of tasty treats for the walk home from school or when they get in.
- 200g (7oz) jumbo porridge oats
- 120g (41/4oz) plain flour, white or wholemeal
- 3 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Good pinch of salt
- 75g (21/2oz) raisins
- 3 tbsp desiccated coconut (optional)
- 2 ripe bananas
- 2 large tbsp peanut butter or any other nut butter you have
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 375ml (121/2fl oz) milk – can be dairy, nut milk, soya, or coconut
- 3 tbsp honey
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF/Gas 4). Place the oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, raisins, and coconut in a large bowl and mix together.
2. Mash the bananas and peanut butter together then add the egg. Beat the egg into the mixture, making sure everything is well combined, then add the vanilla, milk, and honey.
3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix together well, then pour the mixture into a lined 20cm x 20cm (8 x 8in) tin and bake in the oven for 35–40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out of the centre clean. Leave to cool in the tray then cut into bars and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Feed the freezer!
Freeze the cooked bars in an airtight container, slotting greaseproof paper between them to stop them from sticking together. Thaw at room temperature then store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.