Homemade Oats and Honey Bars
How would you like a tasty, healthy helping of fiber and antioxidants without a hassle?
I’ve got you covered with homemade oats and honey bars.
Try some delicious, nutritious homemade oatmeal bars to hit the spot.
Quick and Yummy: A Win-Win
Or maybe you’re searching for a simple snack that’s appealing and healthy?
Or perhaps you just don’t like to be bothered with fancy schmancy recipes that require a lot of preparation and clean up.
Whatever the case may be, these amazing oatmeal bars are just perfect for a lot of nourishment without a lot of work.
Grain-Sized History Lesson
Oats are the infants of the grain world.
Compared to wheat and other grains the establishment of oats as a cultivated grain for human consumption is rather recent, around 2,500 BC.
However, for most of it’s cultivated time, most believed that oats were too lowly to be consumed by people and were primarily used for feeding animals.
It’s unclear how this unassuming grain’s popularity crossed species. Perhaps out of practicality as the number of farm animals who depended on the grain dwindled.
But one thing’s for certain we humans don’t consume oats like a workhorse or farm cow.
Our oats are milled which removes the outer shell leaving just the seed – the whole grain oat, also known as groats. These are rolled into the shape we most often buy at the store – flat and a bit of an oval.
It’s one of the healthiest grains you can consume.
And in case you’ve ever wondered, according to the Whole Grains Council, an 18-oz package of old fashioned oats contains about 26,000 rolled oat grains.
That’s a whole lot of health in a not so large of a package.
However, if you have a gluten sensitivity, look for a gluten-free label on the package as some oats can be cross-contaminated during growing and processing.
How to Make the Magic Happen
Don’t dismiss the magic of this simple grain.
Pick up some oats this week and give my Oats and Honey bars a try.
With just a handful of ingredients, oats, honey, vanilla, and flour, and a simple preparation method you can have these delicious bars cooked up in no time.Print
This is a fun and delicious way to get the nutritious benefits of oats. The taste is light and not overpowering. Call me crazy, but the next time I make these, I’m going to add a bit of rosemary for delightful twist.
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- Heat oven to 350˚ F.
- In a large bowl beat butter, honey, and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
- Add the flour, rolled oats, sesame seed and salt.
- Mix well.
- Press in an uncreased 13×7-inch pan.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes or until light golden brown.
With all the butter in these bars, it’s best to keep them in the fridge.