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Chia and Oat Energy Bars

Chia and Oat Energy Bars
I love making snack bars! All you need is a food processor and a few basic ingredients, and you have an amazing portable snack that's perfect for toddlers as well older children.

These energy bars are loaded with oats, held together with dates and sultanas, and have chia and flax seeds added in.  

Keep a batch or two of these in the fridge and you will have a great stockpile of quick and easy snacks for car trips, lunch boxes, and just around the house.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp flax seeds

Method

Combine all ingredients in a food processor an blend until the mixture is fine and sticky.

Grab a little bit of mixture out and try to press it together with your fingers - if it seems too crumbly to hold together, add a few more sultanas or dates. If it seems too gooey, add some more oats. Keep processing until the mixture is the right consistency.

Line a small loaf tin (about 10cm x 20cm) with baking paper and spoon the mixture in. Gently press it in and smooth it out evenly.

Cover the top with baking paper and use your hand to firmly and evenly press the mixture down. You want to compact it as much as possible.

Place the whole tin in the fridge for about an hour to harden up.

Once it is cold and has hardened, remove from loaf tin and cut into slices about 3cm wide.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge, separating any layers with baking paper to prevent them sticking together.

Makes 6 bars.

Will keep in the fridge for a few weeks, or the freezer for up to three months. They will be fine at room temperature for a few days, so are great for travel snacks and lunchboxes.


DID YOU KNOW...

  • Oats are lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and healthy fats than most other whole grains.
  • Sultanas are a fantastic way of sweetening recipes without adding refined sugar, and toddlers love to snack on them. However, please be aware that they are extremely high in sugar and can cause tooth decay. Their sticky texture causes them to stick in your child's teeth and cause damage until their teeth are cleaned properly. Try not to offer your toddler dried fruits too often, and make sure you clean their teeth regularly.
 

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