No-bake oat and raisin bar
A healthy granola bar full of oats, raisins and nuts. And peanut butter. Lots of peanut butter!
I’ve been playing with this recipe quite a bit and I think I’ve got it right now. Every time I make it, I just want to make it more times and eat it! The good thing is that there’s no added refined sugar – all the sweetness comes from natural honey, coconut and raisins. I originally found this recipe as ‘bites’, but have since adapted it into bars – I like granola bars because I can take just one of them and eat it without wanting to go back and keep eating those bite-sized pieces!
You can substitute almost anything in this recipe. The only constants should be oats and raisins … Some of the substitutions I’ve tried include:
- Instead of peanut butter, try cashew or almond butter
- Instead of almonds, try pecans, cashews or plain old peanuts
- Instead of honey, try maple syrup (the 100% variety, not the sugar-filled version readily available in the US!)
- Instead of ground flaxseed, use whole flaxseeds or half and half ground and whole
- Try chocolate chips as well if you want to have an added touch of sweetness
Enjoy these – I certainly do – they’re quickly becoming one of my top 3 granola bars!
- 100g rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
- 50g coconut flakes
- 75g almonds, roughly chopped
- 125g natural crunchy peanut butter
- 80g flaxseed (either whole or ground or combination)
- 80g raisins
- 100g honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl. It will be very sticky so you will need to work this for a while before they all come together.
- Pour into a prepared loaf or square baking pan lined with parchment paper.
- Freeze for at least one hour prior to cutting into squares or bars.
- We keep these in the freezer and eat them straight out from there, but they are fine if thawed as well.