No Bake Chocolate Nut Butter Oatmeal Bars – Vegan // Gluten Free

November 8, 2015

No Bake Bars

I’m putting together this post as I sit and have my last morning coffee in Newport Beach, California.  James and I took some time off to jet off to Palm Springs and Newport Beach for about five days – it was heaven.  I ended up catching my yearly “head cold” on route but thankfully, it wasn’t anything major.

If you’ve been suffering with a cold, you will want to check out my episode of Weekly Healthy Habits: I’m SICK and Here’s How I’m Kicking it”. Now, onto today’s post…

As always, anything with chocolate and peanut butter, my husband is SOLD! These No Bake Chocolate Nut Butter Oatmeal Bars are soooo gooooood!

Now, I’m off the oats but I made these for James. He often needs to reach for something with sustenance in the afternoon.  Otherwise, he’s over-eating for dinner!

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But, in all seriousness, these are prefect for a mid-day snack, or pre or post-workout refuel.  Oats are full of soluble fibre and carbohydrates with makes them perfect for energy.

Hey mommas out there!  These granola bars are perrrrrrrfect for your kids.  I made mine with peanut butter but you can add any nut and seed butter in here.
ingredients
coconut oil
1 cup organic nut butter ( I recommend this almond butter or this peanut butter)
1/3 cup local honey or maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil
2 cups gluten free old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup toasted almond slices
1/2 cups vegan or regular dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
Optional: top with cocao nibs for some crunch!

instructions
1. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment, leaving 2 inches of overhang on 2 sides.
2. Melt nut butter of choice, maple syrup/honey, and coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until smooth and incorporated (about 4-5 minutes).
3. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring until chocolate has melted and ingredients are well combined.
4. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Refrigerate until chocolate hardens, at least 3 hours but preferably overnight.
5. Once solid, cut into bars and refrigerate or you can freeze and pull out as needed.