Healthy snacking is definitely not my forte.
Chocolate makes its appearance at least once in between breakfast and lunch, and from lunch to dinner… well.. I may or may not end up going to McDonalds for a quick snack.
(I take no responsibility for my actions on a busy weekday)
But then when I go down a grocery store aisle to the granola bar section, I barely see any actually healthy granola bars. There is mostly something that was once a granola bar but is now dipped in chocolate.
And even though that sounds like my ideal snack (you know, aside from chocolate dipped in chocolate), I am trying to be healthier with my snack choices. Which is why these appeared in my kitchen on Sunday evening.
Another reason I made these healthy bars is because my quick and easy grab-and-go breakfasts are pretty much non existent in my house at the moment. Is it bad that the past few days I have been grabbing two slices of bread on my way out the door and calling that breakfast?
Probably not as bad as it could be, but having something healthy AND tasty is what I have been craving in the early mornings for the past couple of days.
If you are an oatmeal hater…you may or may not be a fan. But since I am a weirdo who loves oatmeal, these bars were right up my alley. With a mix of oats, apple, peanut butter and raisins, it is like you are having a flavor party in your mouth and everyone is invited. And if you don’t like raisins, leave them out. Or if you are feeling sinful, replace it with some good chocolate chips. I think we can still call that healthy!
These healthy apple peanut butter bars are loaded with all the good stuff: oats, peanut butter, apples and raisins. Soft and chewy granola bars.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 medium apple, shredded
- 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking pan and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until fully combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and place in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the centre is firm and the edges are barely brown. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.