‘Healthy’ & ‘Budget’ Oat Bars – 5 Ingredients (Gluten, Dairy Free)

May 5, 2014 by: bright-admin Free From, Gluten Free, Healthy Alternative, Traybake

I took a last minute holiday the week just gone and found myself abandoning any healthy routine I usually have. I over ate (and drank) and got a bit lazy.
I did, however, check my baking account and saw two requests. One for baking healthy on a budget and one for gluten free. Ah ha, I thought. I can continue my laziness, as this is the perfect opportunity to combine requests from the blog, a way to save a bit of money after ‘holiday’ spending AND a reason to start back on the ‘health’ kick. So voila. Guilt free all round.
A little note: you don’t have to stick to the 5 ingredients, this was to keep the cost down. If you have bits of chocolate/desiccated coconut/chopped apple, they can all be added too. The ingredients below are ones I thought would be knocking around the cupboard anyway, so no need to buy extra stuff!


3 medium or 2 large bananas (very ripe)
100g peanut butter (I used organic ‘whole earth’)
70g honey, plus an extra tbsp for drizzling.
200g oats (make sure gluten free oats if you’re intolerant)
55g dried fruit or nuts (or a mix of the two, I used raisins and almonds)

Prepared baking sheet, 9″ by 7″, greased and lined with baking paper.

Makes about 15 (of the sizes in the photo)

1) Using the back of a fork, mash the bananas and pop into a bowl.

2) In a saucepan, over a low heat, pour in the peanut butter and honey and heat until warmed through and combined. Pour into the bowl of mashed bananas.

3) Add the oats and mix. It should be sticky and thick. Now combine the dried fruits/nuts and mix until everything is evenly dispersed.

4) In your prepared baking sheet, pour in the mixture and flatten with the back of a metal spoon. Make sure it’s all even and flat. Drizzle the tbsp of honey evenly over the top. Place near the top of oven for 20 mins. It’s done when it has a golden top and browning at the edges.

5) Remove from oven and let it cool on the sheet before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into chunk sizes of your choice!

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