Honey oat bars

baked honey oat bars in a tower of 4 on a wooden cutting board with chocolate chips and oats

Even when I'm reducing sugar & carbs, (see what I'm doing with my diet) I still want to make healthy snacks for Craig's lunch (I know, lucky eh?). We both really like Nature Valley granola bars but I don't buy them anymore what with their less than stellar ingredients list (have a look at this!). I like to keep all my snack making as natural as possible. These are sweetened with only honey and have lots of protein and good fat with peanut butter and hemp hearts.

These contain no flour and could be made gluten free.

This recipe is from iheartwellness & I've made it many, many times. I make a couple changes to my version but it still turns out amazing. Great lunch bar, holds together really well and super easy to make.  Truly these taste about 100x better than Nature Valley bars.

Scales make it easy to add the gooey stuff (thus the optional gram measurements).
honey oat bars on a pottery plate
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Total time 40 mins

Yield: 15-20 bars


4 cups quick oats
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1 1/2 cup peanut butter (370 grams)
1 cup honey (1 cup = 340 grams, I use 320 grams)
3 tsp vanilla

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl (heat honey & peanut butter on low heat if you need to- I did- the honey I'm using is firm).
  3. Add the wet to the dry and stir together until mixture is well coated.
  4. Pour onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. It will take up about half the cookie sheet. Press down to make an even, firm thickness. I use a rolling pin to help flatten it.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 minutes rotating the sheet halfway through.
  6. As soon as they come out of the oven and are still slightly soft, score into bars lightly with a knife.
  7. When the bars are cool cut along score lines with a large knife
  1. pile of baked honey oat bars on a wooden cutting board. chocolate chips and oats in background

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