Healthy No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
These healthy no-bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars resemble a chocolate rice krispie treat, but better! Each one has a crispy, nutty oat base with a thick layer of dark chocolate on top. They take about 10 minutes to whip up with just 4 wholesome ingredients. Easily made gluten free and dairy free and even your kids will love them!
Servings: 16 bars
- 2 cups gluten free rolled oats I used sprouted
- 1 cup peanut butter or nut butter of choice
- ⅓ cup honey or sweetener of choice like maple syrup or date nectar
- 1 ½ cup dark chocolate chips I used dairy free
In a mixing bowl, add the rolled oats, peanut butter, and honey and mix well with a rubber spatula or mixing spoon. Mix until the oats are well coated.
Line an 8 X 8 pan with parchment paper and press the oat mixture into the pan. Use your hands or the back of a spoon to tightly pack it down, especially in the corners.
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) until thin and smooth. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil if the chocolate looks too thick.
Pour chocolate over top of oats and place in fridge to set for about 30 minutes.
Take bars out of the fridge just before the chocolate is set (about 30 mins) and cut into squares. You want the chocolate to be slightly soft so it's easy to cut. If the chocolate is hard, let the pan sit out on the counter for a few minutes to soften the chocolate before cutting.
Vegan options: Swap the honey with maple syrup, agave nectar, or date nectar to make this vegan. Also make sure the chocolate is dairy free.
Nut free option : Use sunflower butter in place of the peanut butter to make these nut free. Also make sure the chocolate you use is nut free.
Storing : Transfer the bars to an airtight container and make sure they are neatly stacked on top of each other for easy removal. They will keep for up to a week in the fridge or 2 - 3 months in the freezer. Allow the bars to thaw if you store in the freezer before biting into it.
Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg