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.
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!
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
- 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
- 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!
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.