homemade honey oat bars

wrapped-honey-oat-barI find caramel made from honey to be a delightful little composition.  Especially if there is some form of sea salt added to it.  Perhaps a little oil.  Oh, lookey here, there’s both!  This recipe for a healthy and gluten-free granola bar has no refined sugar at all and is high in fiber (good for your arteries, yeah!).  A really nice natural energy boost by itself if you’re pragmatic, a healthy way to get that sweet fix after a meal if you’re a touch more hedonistic.  Like, a touch.

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homemade honey oat bran bars

Serves 10-12
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Dietary Corn Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Nut Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup neutral flavor oil
  • 1/2 cup honey (or 1/3 cup agave nectar for vegan)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla (optional, but tasty)
  • 1 1/8 cup gluten-free oat bran or oats (available at health food stores or online)

Directions

Step 1 Heat oil, honey, salt and optional vanilla in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  If you have a thermometer, insert it and bring mixture to 135 degrees F (270 degrees C) or until it bubbles like shown at left and starts to turn a little darker in color.  Immediately remove from heat.
Step 2 Add oats to pot and stir with spatula until coated.  Let sit, stirring every 2 minutes, for 10 minutes to cook the oats to make them more digestible.
Step 3 Spread on a silicon baking sheet (or an oiled baking sheet or parchment paper) to desired thickness.  With spatula, or a dull knife, outline the shape you want to cut.  Let cool then cut and wrap individually to be all precious. Store in fridge for harder bars, room temperature for softer taffy-like bars. Will save for about a week in the fridge, about 4 days room temperature.

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