No Bake Chocolate Coated Oat Bars
No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free
The chocolate and crunchy oats combo is one that never gets old. Then throw some creamy nut butter into the mix and it’s kind of a big deal! These no-bake chocolate coated oat bars resemble a chocolate rice krispie treat but better.
There are few things I enjoy more than a cold treat on a hot summer day. Bonus points if you don’t have to turn on the oven 😎. These chocolate oat bars are just that with only 4 (yes, four!!) ingredients! With a crunchy oat bottom full of oats (rolled, sprouted, gluten-free, whatever fits your fancy), creamy nut butter, and sweet honey and topped with a luscious layer of melted dark chocolate they are down right irresistible.
I used sprouted oats as they provide some additional nutritional value but any style rolled oats will work with the recipe
You can use any kind of nut butter, cashew butter is just my personal favorite 😋. Others I recommend are almond butter, peanut butter, or a mixed nut butter
Honey and oats just go together which is why I used it in this recipe. However, if you’re vegan or prefer an alternative sweetener, I highly recommend pure maple syrup, date syrup, or coconut nectar as a replacement.
For the chocolate topping, I used vegan and paleo-friendly dark chocolate morsels. The Enjoy Life brand is one of my favorites but feel free to use whichever kind of chocolate you have on hand!
If you have any other questions about the recipe or alterations, leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to ya!
No-Bake Chocolate Coated Oat Bars
2 cups rolled oats (I used sprouted)
1 cup cashew butter (or nut butter of choice)
1/3 cup honey (or sweetener of choice like maple syrup or coconut nectar)
1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (any kind of chocolate will work too)
Line an 8X8 pan with parchment paper and spoon in the oat mixture, pressing down hard to pack it down tight (especially in the corners) and set aside while you prepare the chocolate
Melt chocolate (I use the double-boiler method and place chocolate in a small pot and stack it on top of a larger pot with simmering water and stir until melted)
Pour chocolate over top of oats and place in fridge to set (you can also keep it out on the counter to set, it just may take a little longer)
Take bars out of fridge just before the chocolate is set (about 15 mins) and cut into squares (note: it’s important to cut them before chocolate is truly set or they will be difficult to cut)
Store bars in fridge and enjoy for up to 10 days
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