Oat and Sweet Potato Cereal Bars

Do you wish you could easily make healthy treats that taste great? Help is at hand. Watch out junk food; healthy ‘n tasty cereal bars just got very easy to make…

These Oat and Sweet Potato Cereal Bars are tasty and pack a serious nutritional punch. All you need is 6 ingredients, about 30mins to spare, and a dash of good will.

Ingredients:all ingreds2 cups of raw oats

1 cup of sweet potato, steamed + mashed

1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts)

1 cup dried fruit (cranberries)

2 small eggs, beaten

4  teaspoons honey

Here is how…

  1. Grab a large bowl, a wooden spoon, a sandwich tin and some greaseproof paper.
  2. Pop the oats and sweet potato mash into the bowl.

starting bowl

3. Take a cup and fill it with dried cranberries, then fill a second cup with chopped walnuts. Add these to the bowl, and mix it all up.

4. Throw in the 2 beaten eggs and 4 teaspoons of honey, then mix well.

mixture wet

5. Line a sandwich tin with greaseproof paper. Pack the mixture into the sandwich tin using your wooden spoon (have the mixture just less than an inch high).

half tin

6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes, until the mixture is gorgeous and golden.

7. Cool on a wire rack, then slice into 12 bars.

cerealbarmound

There you have it! Easy peasy scrumptious healthy cereal bars. These keep well in a lunchbox in the fridge for 3 days. Try making a large batch on a Sunday evening, then freeze some & have as handy mid-week lunchbox treats!

The nutrition bit…

These cereal bars are oozing with goodness. Oats are a good carbohydrate and great for giving you endless energy, as well as fibre to keep your bowels moving nicely. The sweet potato is full of vitamin A which is great for glowing skin, a strong immune system, and healthy eyes. The nuts and egg give you a big dose of healthy protein, which your body needs for growth + repair . Eating protein when you snack also helps you to feel full.

Clients who come to me for health & nutrition advice often ask me for ideas for healthy snacks. Here you go! Happy baking. Let me know how it goes 🙂 (To make sure you get my next recipe via email, scroll up to the top of this page & hit the ‘follow-blog‘ button over on the right side).

Honesty is the best policy

I’ll be honest. I spent a long time inventing different recipes for healthy cereal bars (I admit there were many impressive failures!). Eventually this tasty concoction came to life in my kitchen. It really impressed my panel of tasters! They couldn’t believe there was a vegetable involved 🙂 I regularly chomp on these bars between meals to keep my energy levels up during a busy day.

Variations: Not a fan of walnuts? Try almonds or brazil nuts. If you can’t eat nuts or you prefer seeds, then try sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Instead of dried cranberries, you could try dried figs or dates.

If you fancy being very virtuous and making these without honey, then give it a shot! Maybe add some cinnamon or vanilla essence instead…

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