Oatmeal Chocolate No-Bake Bars

My newest Pinterest find 🙂

OKAY. Let me start by saying, I know I posted this under “healthy living” and this isn’t exactly that… but this dessert IS on the “healthier” end as far as desserts go… the only “sweetened” items in this dessert are honey and some dark chocolate chips.

As far as sugar goes, no one has a larger sweet tooth than I do…. no one. And as I’ve grown (aka gotten old) and had a baby (aka slowed my metabolism down), I’ve come to realize I seriously need to start adjusting the way I eat. Especially since Joshua’s going to eventually want sweet things.

What I’ve wanted to do is to start making desserts in the house so that we are not eating “packaged” sweets. Those things are far unhealthier than almost anything you make at home… they’re loaded with chemicals, hydrogenated oils and all this processed stuff you probably don’t recognize. After learning in my health promotions and wellness class how prevalent sugar/hydrogenated oils are in our processed food AND how manipulative marketing can be… I’ve decided to find my own dessert recipes. Maybe ones that don’t have as much white sugar and can be broken up into little bars and saved over time.

These ones were not only delicious but I LOVED everything in it. no white sugar and not an insane amount of oil/butter. And they were absolutely delicious. Nick gave them 5 stars.

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  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (you could also substitute butter)
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, raisins, or dried cranberries (I used raisons)
  • 1 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips (or regular semi-sweet chocolate chips, if you prefer)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil over medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove. {Watch this closely. Mine started to burn!}

Remove from heat once it’s melted together and add in the oats, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, nuts/raisins, and vanilla. Stir together until the chocolate is completely melted.

Pour into a greased 9×9 pan and cool in the fridge for several hours or overnight.

When the mixture is hardened, cut into bars and eat. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Recipe adapted slightly from: http://moneysavingmom.com/2013/06/best-ever-chocolate-oatmeal-no-bake-bars-clean-eating.html#_a5y_p=658572

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