These No bake Chocolate oat bars are the quick guilt free craving fixer you were looking for! My 6 year old niece whips it up for us sometimes and I mean yeah that should give you the idea of the “expert” level this recipe requires
Why You need to make these Chocolate Oat bars ASAP!
- You can use nutritious ingredients to create a SUPER Nutritious Chocolate bar and have a guilt-free treat!
- No need to fire up the oven when the craving hits
- Totally customizable according to your likes and of course how indulgent your feeling that day
- Comes together in less than 15 mins!
- Totally freezable with a long shelf life!
- They are great holiday gift idea!
Ingredients and Substitutes to make the No Bake Chocolate Bars
This super simple recipe uses some classic ingredients.
- Roasted nuts
I used a variety of nuts for this recipe including pecan, cashew, walnuts and almonds. You can use any that you like or have at hand. The nuts that I used were salted as well so I didn’t add any extra salt in the recipe.
- Toasted Rolled Oats
Some people have reported gastric discomfort with raw oats and it seems scientifically there is a debate IF raw oats should be consumed or not. So to be on the safe side, I toasted my oats for 5 mins in a pan at low flame. It also makes the oats crunchy! So that’s another plus for me. You can also use instant oats or steel cut oats, either ways, TOAST them!
- Peanut butter
This recipe calls for an unsweetened smooth peanut butter because honey is going to provide the sweetness for the recipe. If you have sweetened peanut butter at hand, just reduce the honey quantity by half. I try using organic homemade peanut butter to make these bars extra nutritious. If you DON’T want to use peanut butter, here are some other options you can try:
- Almond butter or cashew butter
- Coconut oil
- Coconut cream (the thick part only)
- Regular cream if you don’t have issue with dairy
- Dark Chocolate
I used special dark chocolate chips for this recipe instead of the regular semi-sweet ones by Hershey’s. But you can use any dark chocolate you have. Cooking chocolates and chocolate bars are great options to use as well! I personally love the dark unsweetened flavor, but feel free to use a sweeter version if that’s what you and your family likes.
(The Darker your chocolate, the more nutritious and guilt free these bars are going to be)
Honey adds the sweetness and softness to the bars. If you are already using sweetened peanut butter and milk chocolate, you can reduce the quantity of the milk to 1-2 tbsp. The honey also adds softness to the bars, since all the other ingredients solidify in the fridge. So I would NOT recommend to skip the honey completely.
- Add ons
The beauty of such recipes is that they are totally customizable. You can totally built it to your taste buds. Fun add ons can be: roasted flax seeds, orange zest, salted crushed potato chips, or you know go crazy!
How to make these Chocolate oat bars
Making the Chocolate Base – You need to get your chocolate and peanut butter melted to create a chocolate base. I do this by heating them up with honey in the microwave. But you can also do this step on the stove in a saucepan.
Adding the Crunch – Oats and Nuts – After your chocolate is melted, all you have to do is dump in your add ons like nuts, oats etc.
Setting the Chocolate bars – Pour the mixture into any baking tray lined with butter paper. I used a standard bread loaf pan. But you can use a square pan as well.
Toppings – Your last step is to make your bars look pretty. Add more chopped nuts on top or melted peanut butter. Refrigerate and cut in 30 mins!
Note: If you are bars have been in the fridge for longer,
allow them to thaw for 5 mins before digging in
How long can they stay in the fridge?
Since all the ingredients in this recipe have a good shelf life, your bars can easily live in the fridge for over a month. If you freeze them, they can last for over 6 months and beyond.
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No bake oats n nuts chocolate bars
- 2 cups Dark cooking chocolate 340 gm
- 1 cup rolled oats see notes
- 1 1/2 cup roasted assorted nuts chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter see notes
- 1/4 cup honey
- a splash of milk if needed
- 2 tbsp chopped nuts
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- In a pan, toast whole oats until they turn golden brown. This will take around 5 mins. Set aside
- Line a bread loaf pan with butter paper and set aside.
- Add chocolate chips and peanut butter in the bowl. Heat it for 30 secs in the microwave. (see notes)
- Stir the peanut butter and chocolate around to mix them a little bit.
- Add honey and heat the mixture for another 30 secs in the microwave.
- Stir around everything until the chocolate is fully melted and you have a smooth mix. (do an extra 15 sec heat up if you need to)
- Add your assorted chopped nuts and toasted oats. Mix until well combined.
- Pour the mixture on to the baking tray and spread out evenly
- Sprinkle chopped nuts all over the bars.
- Heat honey and peanut butter in the oven for 15 sec. Mix them together and drizzle all over the bars.
- Refrigerate for 30 mins at least.
- Remove tray from fridge and cut the set chocolate into bars or squares.
- You can even wrap them up individually to store them in the fridge.
- You can also heat the chocolate, honey and peanut butter in saucepan if you do not wish to use the microwave. Keep flame at low.
- You can use any oats you have at hand, but I’d still recommend to toast them before using.
- If you are using sweetened peanut butter and milk chocolate, reduce the quantity of honey to 2 tbsp.
- A splash of milk is only added in the ingredients as an option if your mixture turns too thick and you need to loosen it up.
- You can store the bars in the fridge or freeze. Just thaw for 5 to 10 mins before eating.