I previously mentioned that my sister had asked me about homemade Payday bars. I looked up some recipes online, tried one and came to the conclusion that they were simply not good enough to make up for how horrifically bad they were for you. But I was pretty sure I could come up with a satisfying alternative.
I made an experimental batch last night... considering that they're almost gone already this morning, I'd say they turned out well! Even better, if you use GF oats, these can be gluten free!
Payday Inspired Granola Bars
2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup flax seed or flour (may be left out)
1/2 cup honey
1 cup dry roasted salted peanuts
1/2 cup raisins
Grease a 9 inch square baking dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats, flax/flour, peanuts and raisins. Whisk together egg and honey, then mix into dry until evenly moistened. Pulse one cup of the mixture in a food processor or blender and add back to the mix, stirring well. Press into pan with damp hands. Bake 15 - 20 minutes until edges begin to brown. Cool and cut into bars. Enjoy!
Note: The raisins are important for moisture/stickiness content to help hold the mix together. If you don't want whole raisins in your bars, toss the raisins, honey and egg in the blender and puree before adding to the dry mix.
These are super easy, portable, delicious and healthy. The recipe can easily be doubled and the bars stored in an airtight container at room temp. If you're looking for a sweet/salty treat that won't ruin your diet, give them a try!