No Bake Peanut Butter, Honey & Oat Bars

Peanut-butter-oatmeal-bars

Browsing Pinterest is a favorite past time of mine, and judging by it’s popularity I’m not alone in this. Not only do I find inspiration for my home but I also often find myself browsing through the food and drink pins. This particular recipe was first pinned by my sister and the simplicity of it really sold me. Just 3 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time promised to deliver a scrumptious treat. How could I not try this out??

Of course though, true to my style, I had to tweak the recipe and make it my own. But as I’ve said before, that’s the beauty of cooking. You can really do whatever you’d like! I decided to make a half batch to begin with and here is the recipe I came up with:

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of organic unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • cinnamon to taste

Heat the peanut butter, honey, and brown rice syrup over low heat and stir to combine. Once combined, remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Press into an 8x8x2 pan and let stand over night. (Since I halved the recipe, I pressed the ingredients into half of the pan only.)

The results were delicious! Both my husband and I loved them. They are a sweet treat but we feel good about eating them as the ingredients are all relatively healthy and there are no additives in them. And like I said before, this recipe can be altered in so many ways. If you don’t prefer peanut butter, try your favorite nut butter. If you want them less or more sweet, adjust the honey. Don’t have/like brown rice syrup? Use all honey. Want to add some dried fruit? Feel free! The possibilities could be endless.

Recipe adapted from: thejoyofeverydaycooking.com