You know, sometimes it sucks being a foodblogger…. Of course, trying out new things if fun, so is the cooking and of course the eating of everything.. But.. there is dishes…. that sucks. I mean, you should see my hands right now, I think I did the dishes about 5 times today… And then I still have to bake some banana bread for snacks as wel…

This is one of the first weekends since February that I didn’t have anything planned for the whole weekend. So.. what do I do.. that’s right: cooking and baking. And especially after the sweetest post EVER I felt even more motivated to put up some nice recipes.
So this weekend I made over 5 recipes that you will see on the blog the next weeks (I still have 3-4 lined up that I didn’t post yet).

We’re starting off with a tasty snack I found on one of my favourite blogs. These oatbars use dates for sweet so no added sugar at all!! I made 5 today, but I’m definitely will be baking more of these. With about 100kcal each they are perfect for a quick morning snack to go with a nice cup of tea.

Be carefull, these bars aren’t super sweet and the oatmeal and spelt make them chewy, if you like them more sweet I’m sure you could add some more dates, but I don’t like super sweet things.

Edit (17-5-2015): What I found is that these bars are also great when you cut them in half (so you get 20 out of this recipe). They only have about 50 kcal then and they are perfect for when you’re stuck in traffic and you want to get home but you still need to cook dinner. By eating half of one of these you can fill up that gap easily, without being temped by that bar of chocolate at the gasstation.

What do you need? (10 bars) oatbar1

  • 100 gr. of dates (no pits)
  • 160 ml. of water
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut
  • 100 gr. oatmeal
  • 75 gr. of spelt flour
  • baking powder
  • salt

Preheat your oven at 190 degrees while you create these baby’s. Cut the dates into little pieces and put them in a blender, together with the peanut butter and the water. Mix them until they’ve turned into a nice paste (doesn’t look to pretty, so no pictures).

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In a bowl mix the oatmeal, spelt flour, coconut, baking powder and salt. Add the dates and mix everything up.

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Spread everything out on a baking tray (pro-tip: I used the lid of my cookie jar to get it nice and square). I folded the baking paper across the batter and spread it with a wooden spoon, this way it gets nice and even.

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Bake the whole thing about 20 minutes. Cut the big bar into smaller bars when they are still warm and leave to cool (or have one with a cup of tea).

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