For when you need a quick + nutritious breakfast/snack
The fancy name for these is “no bake, three ingredient, gluten + dairy free protein bars”. But for me, these oat bars are simply a super quick, cheap + easy staple of my fridge. From breakfast-on-the-go to a mid-morning boost, these are delicious + keep me going. Even my three year old loves them + our cherished morning cuddles in bed now include milk for him, cup of tea for me + protein bar to share.
5 cups of oats
1 tub of peanut butter (I use crunchy for added texture; either type works)
200ml milk (as I’m lactose intolerant, I use Lactofree which works just fine)
There are many variants – you can add a sweetener (stevia or agave if you’re one of the cool kids), chocolate chips (delicious; less virtuous), chopped nuts/seeds, dried fruit – whatever you prefer.
Add the milk to the peanut butter + stir till it’s all mixed in.
Add the oats (I stir them in a cup at a time, it makes it easier to get all of the oats coated).
Spread in a baking tray in a layer approx. 2cm thick.
Chill overnight or for about 8 hours. (They would also taste delicious cooked, but ugh, effort)
Cut into slices.
How simple is that? This is also a great way to start getting kids into cooking. There’s lots of simple scooping, pouring + mixing. It’s one of the first recipes I started making with my son + as long as you’re prepared to sweep up all the spilled oats afterwards it’s fine!
You can make these oat bars very cheaply + also significantly cheaper than a certain brand of particularly crumbly oat bar. I keep costs down like this:
Oats – 750G bag of Tesco’s everyday value oats – 75p
Peanut butter – tub of Tesco’s value crunchy peanut butter – 62p
Lactofree milk is insanely expensive (1.35 for 1l in Tesco’s, working out as 27p for 200ml) but cow’s milk would obviously work out cheaper.
Still, that comes to approximately £1.26 for 12 bars. Bargain.
What do you like to add into your protein bars? Share any new ideas!