Power Up: Oats

Power Up: Oats

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Honey Oat Power Bars

– Ingredients-

2½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup honey
¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
½ cup dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
½ cup almonds, coarsely chopped
¼ cup mini chocolate chips

– Directions –
  1. Pre-Heat oven to 350°F. Add oats to a small baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes, stir and bake another 5 minutes until lightly toasted. Transfer oats to a large bowl.
  2. Line bottom and sides of an 8- or 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Lightly oil with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Combine butter, honey, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt in a small saucepan. Cook, over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the butter melts and the sugar completely dissolves.
  4. Add butter mixture to the bowl with toasted oats. Add almonds and cranberries. Mix well. Cool about 5 minutes then add ¼ cup minus 2 tablespoons of the mini chocolate chips. Stir to combine. 
  5. Transfer oat mixture to the lined pan. Using a rubber spatula or damp fingertips, firmly press the mixture into the pan. Press hard to ensure the bars stay together once cooled and cut.
  6. Scatter remaining 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips over granola mixture then use a rubber spatula to gently press them into the top. Cover with wax paper. Press the mixture again to ensure firm bars (we use a rolling pin). Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  7. Remove the block of granola mixture from the pan then peel away the aluminum foil. Cut into 16 bars.
  8. 8. Store  the bars in an airtight container for up to two weeks or wrap individually to store in the freezer for three months. Eat at room temperature for the softest bars or cold for slightly harder bars.
– Nutritional Analysis –

(per bar): calories 141, total fat 6.4g, cholesterol 9mg, sodium 65mg, potassium 97mg, carbohydrate 19g, fibre 2g, sugar 9g, protein 3g

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