NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE OAT BARS
No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars are a delightful, quick, and simple treat that’s perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings. These bars are not only delicious but also require no baking, making them a hassle-free addition to your dessert repertoire. Here’s a unique and original recipe for you to enjoy.
For the Chocolate Oat Bars:
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Chocolate Topping (Optional):
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
Preparing the Chocolate Oat Bars:
- Line an 8×8-inch (20×20 cm) square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. This will make it easier to lift the bars out later.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the old-fashioned oats and 1 cup of chocolate chips. Set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, add 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup of honey, and 1/2 cup of unsalted butter. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Be cautious not to overheat.
- Stir in 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into the peanut butter mixture.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats and chocolate chips. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
- Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Use a spatula to press it down firmly and evenly.
Optional Chocolate Topping:
- If you’d like to add a chocolate topping, melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter in the microwave, stirring until smooth. Drizzle this over the pressed mixture in the pan.
- Refrigerate the pan for about 2-3 hours, or until the bars are set.
Cutting and Serving:
- Use the parchment paper overhangs to lift the bars out of the pan. Place them on a cutting board and slice into bars of your desired size.
- Serve and enjoy your No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars! They are perfect as a quick snack or a sweet treat.
These Easy No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars are a delectable blend of oats, chocolate, and peanut butter, and they are incredibly simple to prepare. This original recipe provides a satisfying and hassle-free dessert option for all occasions. Delight in the flavors and ease of making these delightful bars!