This recipe is so simple that even the self-proclaimed kitchen failure can manage to make these.
Packed full of good fat from nuts, fast and slow burning carbs between the oats, fruit and honey and a bit of protein these are a fabulous "on-the-go" snack, without being sickly sweet.
I prefer to use real food over store-bought energy bars every day of the week, unless I'm training for a race or actually racing.
Oh, and they passed the will my family eat this? test in my house a must for any recipe I come up with.
- ½ cup natural crunchy peanut butter (there are at least two supermarket brand that I know of- if you look at the ingredients label they say 100% peanuts)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
- 1 egg
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees and line a small baking tray with baking paper.
Melt together honey and peanut butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds. While they melt, beat your egg, cinnamon and vanilla together. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and then pour into your baking tray. Using your hands (its easier if you make them a bit damp), press the mixture into the tray evenly. Don't press it too thinly or it won't hold together when it's done. I recommend about 1.5-2cm for reference.
Bake for 12 minutes. Slice into squares when cooled. These can be stored in an airtight container.