We all have days when the sugar craving takes over the healthy diet and with the festive season just around the corner indulging in the occasional treat is almost inevitable. These delicious oat bars are super easy and quick to make, require no baking and are a healthier alternative to traditional desserts.
No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars Recipe
Makes 16 to 20 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
1 cup butter
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips
¾ cup chunky peanut butter
Line an 8-inch-by-8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Heat over low heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
Add the oats, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes.
Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and the peanut butter. Heat on high in the microwave, in increments of 40 seconds, stirring in between each increment, until melted and fully combined.
Pour ⅘ of the chocolate mixture into the pan over the pressed oats, reserving about ¼ cup for drizzling. Top with the remaining oats and drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate mixture.
Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set.
Tip: You can make a big batch and freeze them, just defrost at a room temperature and enjoy!