No-bake chocolate oat bars

No-bake chocolate oat bars are a delicious and easy-to-make treat that requires minimal ingredients and no oven time. Here’s a simple recipe for you:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned oats)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional, for extra chocolatey goodness)
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Base: Line an 8×8 inch (20×20 cm) square baking dish with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal later.
  2. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a microwave-safe bowl or on the stove, combine the peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup). Heat the mixture until it’s smooth and well combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, cocoa powder, and salt (if using). If you’re adding chocolate chips, you can also mix them in at this stage.
  4. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients: Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry ingredients. Stir until everything is evenly combined and the oats are fully coated with the chocolate peanut butter mixture. The mixture should be thick and slightly sticky.
  5. Press into Pan: Transfer the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Use a spatula or your hands to press it down firmly and evenly into the bottom of the dish.
  6. Chill: Place the dish in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until the bars are firm and set.
  7. Cut and Serve: Once the bars are chilled and firm, use the parchment paper overhang to lift them out of the dish. Place them on a cutting board and slice into squares or bars of your desired size. Enjoy your delicious no-bake chocolate oat bars!

These bars can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or you can individually wrap them and freeze them for longer storage. They make a great snack or dessert for any occasion!

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