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I am a big believer in snacks. I think they are just great. Yes I have a good breakfast, usually an easy lunch and a big dinner to get me through the night feeds. But sometimes (most days actually), I need a snack in order to stay human.

My favourites are the likes of my Banana bread , Sticky Gingerbread, and now these, wonderful bites of oaty goodness. If I make a cake, I’ll end up eating it all or throwing it out, and I hate throwing food away. So snack bars are fab for being portable, giving half to someone else or eating slowly over the course of the week.

These bars are easy peasy, idiot proof. One saucepan, one bowl and one baking tray and I managed to throw them together while Alex sat in his bouncer playing with a new toy (takes about 35 minutes for him to get bored with the toy and start yelling).

Simple and almost good for you *wink wink*.

5CHOCOLATE CHIP OAT BARS

  • 225 g large oats
  • 130 g self-raising flour
  • 130 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 170 g Demerara sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100 ml coconut oil, melted
  • 80 ml honey
  • 60 g butter melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 100 g chocolate chips

THE HOW

Heat the oven to 180 C (fan oven). Line a baking tray with paper (mine is 9 x 12 inches in size).

In a large bowl, mix the oats, flours, salt, sugar and cinnamon and mix.

In the saucepan, melt your coconut oil and butter, until just melted and not hot. Mix in your honey, and vanilla. Add in the eggs, this is why you don’t want the oil hot so not to cook the eggs.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well. Finally add in your chocolate. Leaving the chocolate chips till last means you don’t melt them when pouring in warm wet ingredients.

Tip into the baking tray and press down gently. Cook in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes, until golden brown.

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