Foodie Friday #2 – Leftover Christmas Date & Nut Oat Bars

Foodie Friday #2 – Leftover Christmas Date & Nut Oat Bars

Foodie FridayWeek 2

Everyday after school the boys ask the same question: “what’s for snack?” Unfortunately a banana or apple just doesn’t cut it so I end up spending a fortune on Bear YoYos or various cereal bars.

So in the spirit of saving money in January, I decided that we were going to make our own bars!

I looked up various recipes and this one is basically a combination of a few different ones, and it works really well.

It dawned on me that making oat bars is actually a great way to get rid of some dry ingredients from your cupboards. We had a bowl of nuts left over from Christmas and a pack of dates, so we decided to call this recipe “Leftover Christmas Date and Nut Oat Bars”

You will need:

200g oats
90g honey
90g peanut butter
160g dates
130g nuts (we used hazlenuts, a few walnuts and then the remainder of a bag of mixed nuts and raisins)

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  1. We started by taking the stones out of the dates and cracking the nuts. The boys really got involved here and there was definitely a bit of “one for me, one for the bowl” going on when they were de-stoning the dates!
  2. When the dates were ready we popped them into our Nutribullet and processed them until they they formed a squidgy dough like consistency – this will help bind the bars together later.
  3. We measured out the oats and popped them into a bowl with the nuts and dates.
  4. Next we mixed the peanut butter and honey in a small pan and heated it over a low heat for a minute or two.                                                          20160120_165143
  5. We added the honey and peanut butter mixture to the bowl with the oats, nuts and dates and gave everything a good mix together.
  6. Next we lined a smallish baking dish (or you could use anything really, a cake tin, a shallow pan, a loaf tin etc) with baking parchment and transferred the mixture in.
  7. We all helped to press the mixture down so that it stuck together well. 20160120_170241
  8. The dish went into the fridge for half an hour to set, before we took it out and cut into bars.

And Tah Dah:
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As you can see, a few raisins made it into the mix when we were using up the pack of mixed nuts and raisins and actually they worked really well so I would definitely add them in next time.

Our reviews: 

Freddie: “I really enjoyed making them but I don’t really like the nuts.” Score: 3.5/5

Xavi: “I liked getting the stones out of the things (he means the dates) and I love the bars, they’re yummy” Score: 4/5

These oat bars were fairly simple to make and were a great way of using up some old ingredients. I would say that these were actually a bit dry and next time I would reduce the amount of dry ingredients, or make more of the honey and peanut butter mixture.

To make them more exciting for the kids, I think I might add in some chocolate chips next time.

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7 Comments

  1. January 22, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    They look yummy! Anything with peanut butter is a winner with me! 🙂

    • January 27, 2016 / 6:47 pm

      Haha , we get through jars and jars of the stuff in our house!
      Thanks for reading. x

  2. serenityyou
    January 22, 2016 / 2:53 pm

    These would make a great breakfast bar or after school snack.

    • January 27, 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Yep, they were made with the after school snack in mind and worked beautifully!
      Thanks for reading. x

  3. cvnxena
    January 22, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    What a great way to get rid of all the leftovers! We always end up with half a bag and I usually chuck them away (our household is nutty enough :p) looks like you have some great helpers! 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #YumTum x

  4. January 25, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    These look mega, I would omit the nuts for me but super recipe! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    • January 27, 2016 / 6:50 pm

      They would definitely work with a nut replacement. I’m going to try a choccy version as a treat for the boys.
      Thanks for reading. x

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