I do not know about you, but I am a bar junkie so this Blueberry Oat Bar recipe screams my name. I love bars because I can grab them quickly when running out the door and sometimes they replace sweets for my lunches or afternoon cravings.
Many pre-made bars like energy or protein bars can be loaded with extra calories and way too much added sugar. Making your own bars can be even more delicious and healthier options without all those unnecessary ingredients.
Sugars are carbohydrates and they are the preferred energy source for our cells. Insulin is a hormone that acts as a key to opening the door for carbohydrates to enter our cells. Research has shown that when we have too much added sugar in our diets, insulin becomes less effective, which means that the carbohydrates or sugars are staying in the bloodstream. This is a condition known as diabetes. When we make our own foods like energy bars as we have here, we can reduce the amount of added sugar we consume, which then reduces our risk of diabetes or other health complications.
To make these bars, start by mixing the applesauce, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla in a bowl. Toss the oats, nuts, and dried fruit into a food processor and blend until it is an even consistency. Add in your applesauce mixture and pulse together until everything is evenly blended. Line an 8x8x2 inch pan with parchment paper. Add the oat mixture to the pan and bake at 350F for about 20-30 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Remove from the pan and slice into bars once they have cooled.
I love having homemade bars on hand for those days on the go or making them for those road trips when you know you’ll be looking for a yummy snack. Have you made your own energy bars before? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
- 2 cups of oats
- 1 cup of dried blueberries (or dates)
- 1 cup of almonds
- 1 cup of applesauce
- 1/3 cup of honey
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Mix applesauce, honey and optional cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl
- Toss oats, nuts and dried fruit to food processor, blend until it is an even, chunky consistency
- Add in applesauce mixture and pulse until evenly blended
- Line 8 x 8 x 2 inch pan with parchment paper
- Add oat mixture to pan
- Bake at 350F for 20 to 30 minutes or until the edges are brown
- Remove from pan and slice into bars
- You will need parchment paper