Need a healthy snack to get you through the day? These No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars are made with whole grains and healthy fats!
I think it’s safe to say this is my favorite recipe of all the dessert/snack ones this week.
These bars are small but mighty. They’re full of healthy fats, plenty of fiber thanks to the oats and peanut butter, and are outright delicious.
The best part? They’re no-bake! That’s right, you just heat all the ingredients on the stovetop and cool in the fridge before you slice into bars.
Are these Chocolate Oatmeal Bars healthy?
These bars are made with whole food ingredients, but they’re also higher in calories. Through my years of eating healthier, I’ve realized that “healthy” is not the same as “low calorie”!
There’s nothing wrong with eating one of these every day as a snack. They’re around 250 calories, so depending on your health goals, one should be plenty!
Can you freeze these bars?
So honestly, my favorite way to eat these is straight out of the freezer! I pull one out and let it sit for maybe a minute, then dig right in. I LOVE these things as an evening snack.
When you freeze them, place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and flash freeze them just like that. Then you can put them in a quart-sized freezer bag.
What substitutions can I make?
I used butter, but you could probably use something like coconut oil instead. Both are a good source of saturated fat.
You could also omit the coconut, or add raisins or extra peanuts to this as well!
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- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, peanut butter, and honey.
- Once fully melted, remove from heat and stir in the oats, coconut, chocolate chips, and vanilla until the chocolate is fully melted.
- Pour into a greased 8x8 casserole dish and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours until cool and hardened.
- Cut into 12 pieces and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
- If freezing, place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer. Then add to a quart-sized freezer bag.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is an estimate and should not be regarded as medical advice.
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.