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Agave Nectar Chewy Oat Bar

Being a grazer and also now working full time, I’m always looking for a snack to keep me going during the day which is both friendly and tasty. When I stumbled across a chewy oat bar recipe the other day, I was keen to tweak it to be fussy foodie friendly and taste the outcome – well I can confidently say, it’s a winner! With all the goodness packed into it, its like a mini meal all in one with one piece definitely being enough to fill you up for a good few hours.

Agave nectar chewy oaty bar

Agave nectar chewy oaty bar

Agave Nectar Chewy Oat Bar Ingredients (makes approx. 10 pieces)

  • 6oz porridge oat
  • 2oz pumpkin or sunflower seeds, or a mixture of the two
  • 1oz desiccated coconut
  • 1oz rice flour
  • 7oz agave nectar 2 tbsps Agave Nectar
  • 5oz dried fruit, chopped (I used apricots, dates and sultanas)
  • 4½oz crunchy peanut butter (sugar & dairy free)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract / half a vanilla pod
  • Splash of milk of your choice (I used Oatly)

NB. This recipe has been tweaked based on Rachel Allens recipe on bbc.co.uk.

Agave Nectar Chewy Oat Bar Recipe

Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees.  Grease and line a rectangular baking tray with baking paper, leaving a small amount of baking paper over hanging the sides to make it easier to remove after baking.

Weigh out the dry ingredients (oats, flour, seeds) and mix in a large mixing bowl.

Add the peanut butter, and agave nectar to a saucepan and warm through on the hob for a couple of minutes. When warmed through, add enough Oatly / milk to make a syrup consistency then add the dried fruit and stir until the peanut butter melts.

Once melted and the ingredients have combined, pour over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Transfer to the baking tray, pressing down firmly. Place in the pre-heated oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until the mixture becomes golden brown and firm to the touch.

Leave in the baking tray to cool and harden. Once cool, remove the bar from the tray, cut into pieces and enjoy!

The bars will last for about a week in an airtight container and are suitable for freezing.

These Agave Nectar Chewy Oat Bars really are a nice treat and so simple to make using everyday ingredients. The recipe could also be adapted in so many ways to suit individual tastes – all seeds, all dried fruit, maybe adding cocoa / cacao could work or if you fancy an even bigger treat, maybe 85% chocolate chips!

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    March 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Now dude that is looking tasty. Might have to brave trying some Agave Nectar!

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    Louise Taylor
    April 8, 2009 at 11:50 am

    mmmmm yum – I can vouch that this is a seriously tasty treat for sugar deprived people! It tastes amazing – you’d never know it was free from sugar, dairy, wheat etc. Thanks Claire… and Miranda for making it for me!!

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    April 8, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Glad u enjoyed it Lou. Is a great recipe Claire.

    I dived out to the supermarket this week and got some Agave Nectar so I could give this ago. Boy its def sweet tasting.

    I did some small tweaks with my version – less peanut butter (as I knew Lou didnt like it) – I used randomly some tahini instead. I also did half as much agave nectar. Couldnt bring myself to put that much in as it was really sweet with half in so could even go less (which makes it cheaper too). I then added a few spoons of Soya Pure (Dairy Free Spread) which I melted with the Agave to make the consistency of the bars work.

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    April 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! Made these yesterday, but with much less agave nectar as it seemed an awful lot. They tasted gorgeous, but fell apart rather a lot! Think I will add soya pure next time as Miranda suggested, to make up for the reduced agave nectar.

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      April 14, 2009 at 2:26 pm

      Hello Anna…very exicited you tried out the recipe. I made another batch at the weekend just with one big squeeze of Aqave Nectar (actually for Claire to try who has a soya intolerance), so I used some vanilla rice milk to help stick everything together and instead of doing them in a tray I kind of rolled small balls which I flattened into a kind of biscuits.

      People thought they looked like chickpea burgers (chraming) but they tasted great!

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    June 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Any ideas ladies for what I could use in place of the oats, as can’t have gluten?

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      June 17, 2009 at 8:09 am

      Hello Cheryl I might have some good news for you, from your previous comment, I am assuming you are intolerant to gluten but don’t have cealiac diesese… if so read this advice on Are Oats Gluten Free?

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    August 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Can you substitute honey for the algarve nectare? am looking forward to trying this

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    September 1, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Liz,

    You can definitely substitute agave nectar for honey yes. I would reduce the quantity thats shown on the recipe though otherwise it’ll be SUPER sweet!

    I’d go for 2 tbsps of honey melted into the peanut butter with a knob of Pure Soya spread / spread of your choice or a splash of Oatly / milk of your choice.

    You want enough fluid to bind the dry oat mixture together so once the peanut butter & honey are melted together, transfer to the dry mixture then add a furthher splash of your choice of milk until the oat mixture combines.

    I hope this helps? Let us know how you get on.

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    September 7, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Just a quick update on this recipe – the original recipe was turning out to be extremely sweet (and expensive on the agave nectar front) so I’ve amended the recipe to use 2 tablespoons of agave nectar, with the rest of the liquid being made up with a splash of milk. I made the chewy oat bar last week using these quantities and they work just as well.

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    Claire F
    November 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Made these today with my 6 year old niece. They are so tasty but wasn’t sure she’d like them. How wrong was I! She loved them!! Thank you.

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