Nutty Oat Bars
Nutty Oat Bars
This is one of our favorite snacks: totally satisfying and so much better than store bought. You can use any mixture of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit you like: almonds, walnuts, pecans, or peanuts; sunflower or pumpkin seeds; dates, raisins, or dried cherries or cranberries. Our Kids Advisory Board recipe tester Siddharth rolled the mixture into balls instead of pressing it out and cutting it into bars, and it worked great!
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- 8-inch square baking pan or plastic container
- Wax paper or plastic wrap
- Large bowl
- Silicone spatula or wooden spoon
- 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned oats(also known as “rolled oats”)
- 2 cups cups chopped raw or toasted nuts, seeds, chopped dried fruit, and/or unsweetened shredded coconut (any combination)
- 1 cup nut or seed butter(such as peanut, almond, or sunflower seed)
- 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Line the pan or container with the wax paper or plastic wrap, making sure that enough hangs over the edge on one side to cover the pan afterward.
- Put all the ingredients in the bowl and mix until it holds together. If it’s too dry, add a little more nut butter, maple syrup, or honey; if it’s too sticky, add a little more oats.
- Put the mixture in the pan and press it down with your hands until it is as flat and tight as possible (oiling your hands first makes this easier).
- Use the extra overhang of the wax paper or plastic to cover the bars. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before cutting into bars. Individually wrap all the bars in wax paper or plastic and store them in the fridge, or just cut bars as you want them.