Lavender, Lemon and Honey Soft Oat Bars

9 Mar

We have a beautiful lavender on our roof terrace. I sometimes pick some to use as table settings. I wrap 3 or 4 stems with natural garden raffia and put it on a white serviette.

I store these in a draw with the serviettes so they always smell nice. After a while they do dry out, which isn’t a problem, but it got me thinking about cooking with lavender. When we had the restaurant we had a lamb dish on the menu with Lavender, Honey and Garlic. It always sold really well for an unusual dish.

I saw a recipe for Lavender and Lemon Pound Cake on Kitchen Operas which caught my eye. It looked beautiful and I have a huge bowl of lemons on my kitchen table. This was definitely the direction I wanted to go in but I didn’t feel like making a cake. The Washer Up likes to take sweet things to work to share with the others so when I saw a recipe for Honey Lavender Oatmeal Squares at The Bee & the Fruit in the Kitchen I decided to combine the lemon into that recipe and see how it turned out.

Lavender, Lemon & Honey Oat Bars

makes 9 – 12 mini bars/squares, vegetarian, sugar-free. Adapted from The Bee & The Fruit in the Kitchen & Tartelette

  • 75 gr wholemeal flour
  • 60 gr rolled oats
  • 50 gr almonds, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried lavender buds (make sure they are untreated)
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 55ml greek yogurt
  • 115 gr honey
  • the zest of 1 lemon (washed)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • a few drops of almond extract (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Preheat oven to 180C and line a small baking tin with baking paper. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk the wet ingredients together in a jug and pour into the dry ingredients. Mix together well with a wooden spoon. Tip the mixture into the lined baking tin and pat it down so it is even. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until lightly golden and leave to cool on a wire rack before cutting into 9 or 12 mini bars.

As you can see there is no butter or sugar in this recipe. The sweetness comes from the honey which makes this a healthy, not overly sweet, treat. The lemon & lavender work really well together as a flavour and aroma combination making these perfect for a grab & go breakfast or a mid afternoon pick me up snack.

The Washer Up said he prefers his snacks with sugar in but the other guys weren’t complaining. It’s funny to think of a group of builders snacking on healthy Lavender & Lemon Oat Bars with their afternoon cup of tea………….

These oat bars are featured in a sweet treats round up hosted by Lisa at Sweet as Sugar Cookies. Just click on the Sweets for a Saturday badge above and have a look around at some of the most delicious sweet things posted this week.

12 Responses to “Lavender, Lemon and Honey Soft Oat Bars”

  1. tiffany March 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    I’m officially convinced that you live in a house called PARADISE! 😀 These bars look great!

  2. happywhennothungry March 10, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    Wow these bars look amazing! I love love your photos too! Ok, so you send me some of these bars and I’ll send you some chocolate and butterscotch chips!! 🙂

  3. Emily March 10, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    These sound delicious 🙂 and the photo’s are beautiful. I’d love to try and make a gluten-free version

  4. Medeja March 10, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    I have never tried anything with lavender.. Dont even know where I could get it here 🙂 I guess these bars would taste good and without it- lemon and honey are delicious combination

  5. Pauline March 10, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    I love lavender and these look wonderful. I have lots of varieties but they won’t come back into flower until May / June. They taste great in meringues too. Back to these love the honey and almonds too, everything really. 🙂

  6. Lindsay March 11, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    These are DEFINITELY on the to make list. STAT.


  7. Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies March 13, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    What a tantalizing combination of flavors. Your bars look really nice. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your bars up.

  8. Catalina March 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    This sounds absolutely amazing to me 🙂 I wish the summer season were here already (unfortunately it’s almost snowing) – I could pick up some lavender from our garden, too 🙂 The addition of greek yoghurt is great! I consider it to be the best yoghrut ever! I can’t wait to have lavender and try it out 🙂

  9. angela March 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    These look great! I need to try cooking with lavender.

  10. Dani March 15, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

    These look absolutely delightful and are exactly the kind of treat I try to keep on hand for sending to school with my daughter. I love cooking with lavender.

  11. Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies March 17, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Thanks for linking up to Sweets for a Saturday. Feel free to join in again anytime.


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