Friday, June 11, 2021

Honey-Oat Granola Bars

Who doesn't love a chewy granola bar? These are made with a mixture of oats, local honey, coconut oil and a couple scoops of @nakednutrition Naked Shake Peanut Butter Blueberry powder. Baked in a loaf pan, the bars are the perfect snack size - chocolate drizzle is optional (I guess!).

 Summer is (almost) here, and with the end of school comes the hordes of kids (and adults) who are seemingly always starving. When I worked summer camp, we knew that aside from frequent water and shade breaks, the campers would be craving energy boosts to keep up with all the activities they were doing. Apart from fruit (which is great, but needs to be kept cool), we went through a lot of granola bars. It's easy to see why - they're convenient, portable, individually wrapped, high energy and kid-sized. Field trip purchasing runs involved an embarrassing amount of boxes of the snacks!

That said, buying all those boxes is expensive - not to mention some bars are essentially candy with a health halo attached. Luckily, not only are home-made granola bars easy to make, you can get the kids involved with mixing and you can add anything your heart desires to the mixture - my Home Economics students decided that dried apples, cherries, chocolate chips and banana chips were top contenders, while I opted to keep the base "bit" free and instead added flavour and nutrition with a healthy dose of Naked Shake Peanut Butter Blueberry powder and Naked Rice protein powder. I drizzled each bar with dark chocolate for no other reason than I could, so why not? 
Once the bars are cooled, you can wrap them individually for travel and keep them on the counter for a week or so, or freeze them. Of course, if you're just enjoying them at home you can keep them in a covered container for the same amount of time, or freeze. Here's to a summer of beginning adventures!

Honey-Oat Granola Bars 
Makes 8
1 cup large-flake oats (gluten free if needed)
3 tbsp oat flour (gluten free if needed)
3 scoops Naked Shake Peanut Butter Blueberry powder
2 scoops Naked Rice protein powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
pinch cinnamon
pinch kosher salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
  1. Heat oven to 350° F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper (or use a silicone pan, which I highly recommend).
  2. Combine oats, oat flour, Naked Shake and Naked Rice (if using), baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In microwavable bowl, microwave coconut oil, honey and sugar together until coconut oil is melted.
  4. Stir into the bowl of oats along with the vanilla.
  5. Spread mixture evenly in the pan.
  6. Bake 30-35 minutes, until no longer gooey. Cut into bars while still warm.
  7. Cool completely, then remove from pan using parchment overhang.

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