When it comes to that 3pm slump, even the healthiest of eaters are tempted by a sugary hit. Sure, why not? We’re not puritanical here at Coach. But maybe try this natural sugary hit – shared with Coach by Whole Earth foods – which packs in nuts, fruit and peanut butter.

You probably know by now that peanut butter’s got lots of health benefits thanks to its protein, unsaturated fats, fibre, magnesium and zinc, but with this recipe Whole Earth takes that to another level by using its new hi-oleic peanut butter. While we don’t know how to pronounce oleic, we do know that hi-oleic peanuts are grown naturally and have about 30% more monounsaturated fats than more commonly available types.

Does that mean hi-oleic peanut butter is better for you? Yes, according to cholesterol charity Heart UK, which has added Whole Earth’s peanut butter to its eight-strong list of approved foods that form part of a “heart-healthy diet”. In the reassuring, if dull, language of science, Heart UK says hi-oleic peanut butter “contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels”.

Try making a batch and pop them in the freezer (or fridge if you like ’em soft) to bring out whenever you need one.

Ingredients (makes 16 bars)

  • 100g gluten-free oats
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200g Whole Earth hi-oleic crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and chopped
  • 2tsp vanilla extract

How to make

  1. Line a 20cm square baking tin with parchment paper.
  2. Place the oats, ground almonds and cinnamon in a food processor and process until the oats are finely ground.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and process until fully combined.
  4. Slightly dampen your hands to prevent too much sticking, then mould the mixture into your tin and press it down.
  5. Place into the freezer for a couple of hours to allow it to firm up before slicing it into bars.
  6. Store the pieces in the freezer, or the fridge if you prefer them to be a little softer.

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