These no bake peanut butter oat bars are loaded with goodness, made with real ingredients, and are naturally sweetened (the sweetness comes from the natural sugar in the dates). We’ve always loved a good granola or energy ball, but recently I’ve started making bars to switch things up. These are great as a snack or an addition to your lunch. When we have these around they are a favorite “treat” to add in my girls’ lunches.
These bars start by blending up the dates which creates the paste needed for the bars and also provides the sweetness without adding in additional sugar. The remaining ingredients are then blended together, topped with chocolate, and sprinkled with coconut. We always use dairy-free chocolate as a preference, but any chocolate will do.
Natural Peanut Butter – always look for peanut butter with just peanuts or peanuts and salt as the ingredients (preferably organic when possible). We love Smucker’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter; there are no added sugars or oils.
How about those dates – dates are a great source of antioxidants, are high in fiber, and are a natural energy booster. Plus, they are the perfect way to add natural sweetness to just about anything. Look for medjool dates as they are softer and have a more caramel like taste – perfect for mixing into recipes of all kinds!
Oats – Did you know that all oats are technically gluten-free? It’s confusing when you see some oats labeled as gluten-free and some not… am I right? But in reality, all oats are gluten-free. However, during processing, some may become contaminated with gluten. People with a gluten intolerance should buy gluten-free certified, but for the rest of us that prefer to avoid gluten, all oats are okay. However, we still buy certified gluten-free oats. Our favorite oats are these. And similar to our date friends, oats are high in antioxidants and fiber, but are also a great source of whole grains. Clean food tip: always buy rolled oats as quick oats and instant oats are more processed.
Let’s not forget about our friend, the flaxseed – I love adding in any sort of superseeds to my recipes to increase the nutrition. Flaxseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Always buy ground flax (flax meal) as it’s easier for the body to absorb.
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No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
These no bake peanut butter bars are naturally sweetened, dairy-free, and gluten-free. A healthy version of a delicious treat and they are perfect for snacks or lunches.
- 1 1/2 cups pitted, medjool dates about 16 dates
- 3/4 cup natural peanut butter
- 1/2 cup rolled oats certified gluten-free if needed
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut plus more for sprinkling
- 1/4 tsp. fine sea sal
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Blend dates in a high-speed blender or food processor until a paste forms and only small pieces remain. You may need to scrape down the sides of the food processor or blender a few times until done.
Add peanut butter, oats, flaxseed, coconut, and salt to dates. Pulse until just incorporated; leaving the oats whole as much as possible.
Place parchment paper in the bottom of a 9×5 loaf pan. Scoop mixture into prepared pan and press down firmly with fingers or the back of a spoon until mixture is evenly packed down.
=Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave using a microwave safe bowl. This should take about 2 minutes, stirring half way through.
Pour melted chocolate over mixture in the pan and spread out evenly. Sprinkle with additional coconut.
Refrigerate for at least one hour so chocolate and bars can set. Take bars out of pan by pulling on the parchment paper. Evenly cut into 10-12 bars or squares.
Store bars in fridge. These should stay good for about a week in the refrigerator.
Feel free to use a 1/2 cup chocolate chips if you want some extra chocolate-y goodness on your bars. I’m always trying to limit sugar, but if you want more chocolate, just throw in some extra chocolate chips in your bowl before melting.