When you're on the go, a granola or energy bar is a great way to fuel up without slowing down, but many store-bought brands contain tons of sugar and hard-to-pronounce ingredients. Take the healthy route and make your own sunflower oat bars with this recipe from Ella's Kitchen.
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (optional)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups rolled oats
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 7-inch square baking pan and line the base and sides with a sheet of parchment paper, creasing the paper at the corners.
2. Put the melted butter, eggs, Worcestershire sauce (if using), and half the sunflower seeds in a large bowl and mix together well.
3. Add the cheese and oats and mix together until evenly combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and level the top, then sprinkle with the remaining seeds.
4. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and the top is just pale golden. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then cut into 12 bars. Store in an airtight container for up to two days.
Recipe excerpted with permission from Ella’s Kitchen: The Big Baking Book (Hamlyn 2014; $19.99).
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