Healthy Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars

Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars

Here is an easy little recipe I made last night–a great low sugar option for a snack and delicious!  I sent a batch with my husband on a trip, and they will go in the kids’ lunches today.  I found them on this site.

Peanut Butter and Honey Oat Bars

 Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped honey roasted peanuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 F

Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper, making sure the parchment paper hangs over the sides.

In a microwave safe bowl, add honey, coconut oil and peanut butter. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir until mixture gets runny and peanut butter completely melted in. You may have to heat for another 20 seconds or so. Mix in vanilla extract and cinnamon.

Add oats and peanuts, mix until everything is combined and the mixture is completely coated with honey and peanut butter mixture.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and press down with a back of a spoon; bake in the oven for 20 -25 minutes until lightly brown.

Once you take the bars out of the oven, press down with the back of a spoon to insure the oats are pressed firmly together. Let the oat bars cool slightly and carefully take out bars by grabbing onto the parchment paper and cut into 16 slices. Let bars cool completely and harden at room temperature.

Store bars in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Makes 16 bars.

Nutritional Data

Calories per bar: 157.2, Fat: 8., Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 31, Potassium: 38, Carbs: 18.8, Fiber: 2, Sugar: 10.4, Protein: 3.9

Enjoy and have a great day!

 

The BEST Lemonade on the Block!

Written by Jen

We have had a bunch of Lemonade stands for a cause around here. (Thanks to Jessica!  The Lemonade Stand for a cause CHAMPION!)  Each time we don’t ask for a price per cup, but a donation to a cause. We have raised money for World Vision and local food banks. Each kids chooses a cause and each cause has a donation jar. We have raised over a thousand dollars in one day! We send out evites, have great signs and even advertise on Facebook! It’s a great way to get the kids involved in giving back to the community!

If you’re going to do it, you better do it right and reward your generous passerby with the best lemonade on the block! So here is our not-so-secret recipe!

Remember the starting proportions – 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of lemon juice.

The secret to perfect lemonade is to start by making sugar syrup, also known as “simple syrup”. Dissolving the sugar in hot water effectively disperses the sugar in the lemonade, instead of having the sugar sink to the bottom.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar

1 cup water (for the simple syrup)

1 cup lemon juice

3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

 

METHOD

1. Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2. While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

3. Add the juice and the sugar-water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

 

Serve with ice, sliced lemons. Yield: Serves 6. From simple recipes.

Recipe : Granola Peanut Butter Balls

If you are looking for an amazing high energy snack, these are for you.  They are quick to make and delicious!  Granola Peanut Butter Balls are great if you are busy at work, on the move, if  your kids need an after school snack or a quick bite before practice.  Try them, you just might fall in love with them like I did!  I’m SOLD!

Granola Peanut Butter Balls
Recipe courtesy of  Gale Gand and Nancy Russman
Prep Time: 10 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 16 balls
Ingredients
2 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons peanut butter
2 cups granola
2 to 4 tablespoons milk, or as needed

Directions
In a large bowl, mix together the honey and peanut butter. Using a spatula, stir in the granola. Add enough milk to just moisten–you want it to stick together. Form into balls. Chill until ready to serve.
These are a great snack when you are low on energy and just need a quick snack to hold you over.  They are delicious!

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