No-Bake Peanut Butter and Chocolate Oat Bars

If your looking for a healthier after school or any time of the day snack then look no further than these gluten and refined sugar-free, no-bake peanut butter and chocolate oat bars.

gluten and refined sugar-free, no-bake peanut butter and chocolate oat bars

We are big fans of oats in this house, for breakfast, snacks and sometimes even in our pudding. I have to say I do tend to spend a small fortune it seems on oat bar snacks as an easy to grab option. Current favourites are by Graze so I always stock up when they are on promotion. But as I said it can get expensive, so it made sense to create a delicious homemade version, enter the no-bake peanut butter and chocolate oat bars.

These beauties are packed with a winning flavour combination, one of my personal favourites, chocolate and peanut butter. Not only do they taste delicious but they really are a healthier snack option as they are rich in fibre which is important for a balanced diet alongside helping to fill you up for longer.

Oats have a low glycemic index which can be a really good choice for blood sugar management. But I know what works for us may not be the same for you. However we have found that by choosing a low GI option such as oats, means that your body will be slower in turning the carbohydrate to glucose resulting in a more delayed and potentially smaller rise in blood sugar levels. Another reason as to why we are big fans of them!

gluten and refined sugar-free, no-bake peanut butter and chocolate oat bars

These no-bake peanut butter and chocolate oat bars are deliciously rich thanks to the dark chocolate topping adding an intense chocolatey kick.

They are brilliant as a tasty afternoon snack, and I promise you they never hang around for long in my house. The extra layer of intense dark chocolate just adds to making them even more moreish

What you will need for no-bake peanut butter and chocolate oat bars

  • Oats
    • A gluten-free whole grain
    • Oats are such a magnificent superfood; they are wholegrain, a great carbohydrate source, full of fibre, essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • Chia seeds
    • Loaded with antioxidants, fiber, protein, omega-3s and calcium. These tiny seeds have it all!
    • A great swap if you’re looking to reduce the carb count as well
  • Cacoa nibs
    • These are basicially just crumbled bits of dried cacao beans.
    • They have an intensley chocolatey flavour and are great for adding a little extra crunch into recipes
  • Coconut oil
    • This oil reportedly has a number of emerging benefits for your health.
    • However I always use the minimal amount as it is very high in saturated fats
    • Try to choose organic, virgin coconut oil rather than refined versions.
  • Peanut Butter
    • Avoid peanut butter with added palm oil
    • Always read the labels, the best ones don’t have any added ingredients and are simply ground peanuts
  • Syrup
    • I use a refined sugar-free syrup in this recipe to reduce the overall carb-count.
    • You could also use maple syrup, honey or agave. Use whatever you prefer the taste of
  • Dark chocolate chips
    • Try and use a chocolate that has a cocoa content 70% or above as this really makes the difference with the overall carb count
    • The higher the cocoa content the lower the sugar!

Diabetes Note

Oats are a real superfood in my eyes, full of vitamins, minerals and fibre. They are fantastic as a slow-release carb snack that potentially can reduce blood sugar spikes. The dark chocolate gives these oat bars an extra delicious layer of loveliness and again can be a healthier option for managing blood sugars.

No-Bake Peanut Butter and Chocolate Oat Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter and Chocolate Oat Bars

If your looking for a healthier after school or any time of the day snack then look no further than these gluten and refined sugar-free, no-bake peanut butter and chocolate oat bars

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Course: SnacksDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Chill Time

30

Total time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • 250 g oats

  • 30 g chia seeds

  • 30 g cacao nibs

  • 60 g coconut oil, melted

  • 130 g peanut butter

  • 2 tbsp syrup – see notes

  • For the chocolate layer
  • 150 g dark chocolate – 70% or above

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

  • Line a rectangular dish with parchment paper so that paper overlaps edges. I use a dish measuring 21cm x 17cm
  • In a bowl combine the oats, chia seeds cocoa nibs and stir well. Then add the wet ingredients and mix well. The dough should stick together easily. If not, mix in 1 Tbsp. of water at a time until dough sticks together nicely.
  • Transfer the dough to the lined dish, spreading it out evenly. With a piece of greaseproof paper and your hands press down firmly to get a smooth layer.
  • For the chocolate layer, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a bowl placed over some boiling water. Stir continuously until shiny smooth
    You may also use a microwave at 50% power for 30-second increments stirring between each increment until melted.
  • Finally pour over the melted chocolate layer onto your oaty mixture. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
  • Once fully set, with a sharp knife, cut into 12 bars.

Tips and Notes

  • Syrup – I use refined sugar-free syrup in this recipe to reduce the overall carb count. You could also use maple syrup, honey or agave. Use whatever you prefer the taste of
  • Bars hold together best when stored in the fridge or freezer.
  • Diabetes Note – These are fantastic as a slow-release carb snack that potentially helps to reduce blood sugar spikes. The dark chocolate gives these oat bars an extra delicious layer of loveliness and again can be a healthier option for managing blood sugar.

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