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Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Choc Bars

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We set about making these yummy and healthy peanut butter oatmeal chocolate bars the other day. I was trying to make some healthy snacks with my 3 year old and had been considering making some protein balls with peanut butter and oats but I didn’t have any protein powder. I figured I would give a go of making some cookie bars instead. I had the peanut butter, oats and some 70% dark chocolate so I decided to add in some honey as a sweetener rather than sugar to make them more healthy.

The peanut butter I had was from the health shop and is natural unsalted. I was considering adding in some salt but as I tasted the peanut butter and honey mixed, I decided it didn’t need it. I put around a cup of the peanut butter in a large bowl and added in around a quarter cup of liquid honey. It was still quite thick so I put it in the microwave to soften it and make it easier to blend. However, I think I overdid it a little so maybe just put the mixture in for 15 seconds or so and then stir. My 3 year old was happy to be involved with that so she would mix and then I would pop it back into the microwave. Doing this twice should be enough to make it more mixable.

While she was busy stirring I prepared the dark chocolate by breaking it into a metal bowl and creating a Bain-marie over a pot of around 2″ of boiling water in a pot. This helps to melt the chocolate evenly and is better than using the microwave I think but it’s up to you. I mixed in some peanut butter to the melted chocolate also but you don’t have to. It’s already very peanutty so if you would prefer a simple chocolate topping that will work too. There is no cooking involved with these but you have to wait around 40 minutes for them to set in the freezer.

Let me know if you try these and how you get on!

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Choc Bars

These are a healthy sweet treat and very simple and quick to make. The kids can help too and they are really filling so you can make them go a long way. A small square is enough with a cup of tea or coffee as the peanut butter is quite heavy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup natural honey
  • 1 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 150 grams quality dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of peanut butter to a large microwaveable bowl. 

  2. Pour in the 1/4 cup of honey and mix.

  3. Put the bowl in the microwave for 15 seconds then mix some more.

  4. Prepare the chocolate by breaking into pieces in a metal bowl and put the bowl on top of a pot of around 2" of boiling water to melt it. 

  5. Keep stirring until almost completely melted then add in 2 tbsp of peanut butter (optional)

  6. Put the oatmeal mixture back in the microwave for a further 15 seconds and mix well.

  7. Prepare a dish with baking paper. I used a 30cm x 20cm size. Once that is lined with baking paper, pour in the oatmeal mixture.

  8. Flatten the mix down with a fork/spoon to make sure its not crumbly. Once that is packed into the dish/pan, pour over the chocolate mix and even out with a spoon.

  9. Once the oatmeal mix is covered, put the dish in the freezer for around 40mins until the chocolate has hardened and the mixture is set.

  10. Remove from the freezer once set and cut into pieces with a sharp knife. I used larger pieces but realised afterwards that they are really filling so smaller pieces are better.

  11. Enjoy with a nice cup of tea/coffee!

Recipe Notes

To make these even healthier you could add in some wheatgerm!

natural peanut butter jarMixing the peanut butter and honey dark chocolate melting in a Bain-marie Prepared baking dish with baking paper and finished oat mix pressing down the oat mix into the baking tray Pouring chocolate over the oatmeal mix in panslice of finished bars stacked oatmeal peanut choc bars close up of oatmeal peanut chocolate bars

The fact that you don’t need to add any sugar means they are a healthier alternative and better for the kids too. You won’t eat too many either because they are so filling. Another good reason to make these! Hope you enjoy these healthy peanut butter oatmeal chocolate bars. 

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