Introduction:
Oat and Berry Energy Bars are the ultimate combination of nutrition and deliciousness. Whether you need a quick breakfast option, a mid-day snack, or a boost of energy before hitting the gym, these homemade bars are the answer. Packed with oats, berries, nuts, and honey, they provide a delightful blend of textures and flavors that will keep you coming back for more. Plus, they are a healthier alternative to store-bought granola bars, free from artificial additives and preservatives. So, let’s embark on this culinary journey to create a batch of these wholesome bars.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or your choice)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven:
    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×9-inch (23×23 cm) square baking pan or line it with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. Mix the Dry Ingredients:
    In a large mixing bowl, combine the rolled oats, mixed berries, chopped nuts, dried cranberries, and mini chocolate chips (if using). Mix well.
  3. Prepare the Wet Ingredients:
    In a separate microwave-safe bowl, heat the honey, almond butter, applesauce, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, and salt together for about 30 seconds until they become easier to mix. Stir until everything is well combined.
  4. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients:
    Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until all the ingredients are evenly coated. Ensure that the oats and berries are well distributed.
  5. Press Into the Pan:
    Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to press it firmly and evenly into the pan. This will ensure the bars hold their shape after baking.
  6. Bake:
    Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.
  7. Cool and Slice:
    Allow the bars to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then use a sharp knife to slice them into 12 bars while they are still warm. This will make it easier to cut them later.
  8. Final Cooling:
    Let the bars cool completely in the pan. This will help them firm up.
  9. Serve and Enjoy:
    Once the bars are completely cool, carefully remove them from the pan and enjoy your homemade Oat and Berry Energy Bars!

Nutrition Facts:

Serving SizeCaloriesTotal FatSaturated FatCholesterolSodiumTotal CarbohydratesDietary FiberSugarsProtein
1 Bar2109g1g0mg50mg29g4g15g5g

Conclusion:
Oat and Berry Energy Bars are the perfect snack that marries health and flavor. These bars offer a delightful combination of oats, berries, nuts, and just the right touch of sweetness from honey and dried cranberries. Not only are they incredibly delicious, but they also provide a substantial energy boost to keep you going throughout the day. Plus, they’re customizable – feel free to add your favorite nuts or seeds for a personalized touch. Say goodbye to store-bought snacks, and embrace the wholesome goodness of these homemade bars for a truly satisfying treat!