These healthy no bake peanut butter and chocolate oat bars are so addictive with their chewy base and crunchy peanut topping. They are loaded with powerhouse ingredients like, dates, peanut butter, oats and cacao powder.
Don’t these look good enough to be at a bakery? I mean I definitely impressed myself with how pretty these peanut date bars ended up looking. The chocolate drizzle and bottom coating was just the perfect touch to get my picky nut hating kids interested! This recipe easily adaptable for those with peanut allergy instead use almonds or even desiccated coconuts to make NUT FREE.
These bars are adapted by my peanut butter and cacao oat balls . I just changed the balls into bars with melted dark chocolate dipped bottoms and crunchy peanut topping. These are my go-to when I am craving chocolate and I crave chocolate all day long..
My 3 year old son really enjoyed making these with me and often requests to make bars and balls because they are just so easy to make. We shove everything in the food processor and within minutes you have happiness in the form of a dough! We can just make them in to balls OR bars.
So even if your not that into healthy eating, give these bars a go. I have a few people in my family that do not like dates but after trying these bars, they all agreed the peanut butter/chocolate were the prominent flavours and not the dates. If you try these out please comment below and let me know how they turned out!
Healthy Chewy No bake Peanut Butter and Chocolate Oat Bars
- 8-10 medjool dates make sure these are very soft, if not pour boiling water for 10 mins to soften
- 1 cup oats
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter soft and runny
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons cacaco powder
- 60 grams good quality dark chocolate (to melt)
- 2 tablespoons crushed peanuts handful more to top bars with
Pit and blend the medjool date in a food processor until turned it to a paste like consistency. Add a splash of hot water if it is not turning into a paste.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until all combined. Once blended you should be able to stick together when you squeeze it with your hand. (If its still too dry add more peanut butter or a dash of water)
Line some parchment paper on a tray and press down the dough nice and evenly. Press down using a small cup if you have too. Roll the cup up and down the tray to firmly press evenly around the tray. The harder you press down the better the dough will hold together and not crumble when you cut it later.
Freeze the dough for 20 mins. While the dough is in the freezer, melt the dark chocolate util it is a drippy consistency.
Take out of the frezzer and it should be very firm/hard by now. Cut evenly into bars. Dip the bars into the melted chocolate, until the bottom layer is covered. Pop the bars down on parchment paper (place down on the chocolate covered side) and freeze again for 5 mins.
The chocolate should be solid by now. Drizzle the melted chocolate on top and enjoy!