Chocolate Oat Bars

These chocolate oat bars are really easy to make and an excellent alternative to commercial breakfast bars. They are a great and economical snack for on the go.

They contain soluble and insoluble fibre and are therefore low GI which means they will keep you fuller for longer. Therefore, although they have a few more calories than a small chocolate bar or a biscuit you won’t eat again as soon and won’t be tempted to get another. You could shave a few extra calories off by omitting the melted chocolate but I think it makes them much more appealing.

If you suffer with constipation then these bars would be an excellent addition to your diet, use the ground linseeds rather than the ground almonds. If you are increasing your fibre intake, don’t forget to increase your fluid intake too or it’ll have no benefit.

Nutritional Content per bar

Based on one with ground almonds

Energy: 142kcals
Protein: 2.5g
Total Carbs: 13.6g
Sugars: 5.3g

 

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 125g prunes
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 115ml vegetable oil
  • 50g honey
  • 125ml / 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 275g oats
  • 50g ground almonds/ground linseeds
  • 50g chocolate (any that you like)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan and line a baking tin with baking paper. My tin is 33cm by 23cm.

2. Place the prunes, banana and oil into the food processor and mix until the prunes are as finely chopped as you prefer.

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2. Add the honey, orange juice, cocoa and beaten egg and mix up again.

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3. Weigh out the oats and ground nuts or seeds into the bowl and mix in the wet ingredients.

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4. Spread into the baking tin.

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5. Bake for 35 minutes, when firm to the touch take out of the oven and gently score out the pieces into 24 pieces. Leave in the pan until cool. If you take it out when warm they’ll crumble.

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6. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.

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7. Store in a airtight container. You can wrap them in baking parchment to take for a snack at work.

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Feel free to tweak the ingredients to ones that you prefer. You could add whole dried fruit such as cranberries or swap the prunes for dates to make them sweeter.

Enjoy!

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