Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Bars

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Healthy Peanut Butter Oat Bars

These no-bake peanut butter oat bars are utterly delicious, loaded with oats, coconut and peanut butter they fuel adults and children alike with whole grains, protein and healthy fats.
For the days you need something yummy and you need it fast, this easy and healthy dessert or snack can be prepared in around 5-minutes, has only a small handful of ingredients, plus there's no-baking required.
Simply blend, stir, spread and chill.
Course Dessert, Snack

Ingredients

Base

  • 1 cup oats, instant or quick is best
  • 1 cup nuts, your choice or a mix
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup peanut (or any other nut or seed) butter
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts (seeds) or chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

Instructions

Base

  • Line an 8x8 inch square tin with grease-proof paper going both ways and over the top to enable you to get the bars out easily.
    To make the base, process the nuts, coconut and coconut oil, together in a food processor until you get fine crumbs. Scoop out into a medium sized bowl and add the oats, hemp hearts, peanut butter, honey and vanilla and mix by hand until everything is well combined.
    Press the mixture firmly into the prepared container and set aside in the fridge.

Topping

  • To make the topping, add the chocolate chips and peanut butter to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20-second intervals, stirring well between, until the mixture has melted and is creamy, about 60 seconds total.
    Note: if you don't own a microwave, you use a small saucepan and heat on the stove top over medium heat.
    Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the base oat and nut mixture and spread it into an even layer.
    Cover with plastic wrap and transfer the bars to the refrigerator and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the topping has set up completely.
    When you are ready to cut the bars, remove them from the refrigerator and tug on the parchment paper to pull it out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut equal sized squares. Serve, and enjoy!

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