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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

I am very happy. I “baked” in my dorm. I made something “baked” with my two hands.

Okay, so I didn’t actually bake anything. I “no baked” something, oatmeal bars. The only appliance I used was a freezer (part of the MicroFridge in my dorm). The great thing about no-bake baked goods is that they are ready in no time. They are fast. You can eat the dough straight out of the mixing bowl (no need to wait for it to bake in an oven), or you can shape and refrigerate them for an anytime treat. They also require little clean up. The only tools I used was a (small) bowl, spoon, and sandwich-sized plastic bags.

To make my No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars, I started with a recipe by Averie from Love Veggies and Yoga for Vegan No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bars and adapted it to my resources (my “pantry” foods, utensils, bowls, etc).

Here is what I ended up with:

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Ripe Banana
  • 3/4 c. Oats
  • 1/4 c. Shredded Coconut (I used unsweetened)
  • 1/4 c. Raisins
  • 1/4 c. Chocolate chips (I used mini semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 c. Honey
  • 1/4 c. Peanut butter
  • Optional: 1/8 c. Virgin Coconut Oil (Helps solidify the bars and adds healthy fats.)

Instructions:

Step 1: Mash half a banana in a bowl.

Super ripe (brown) bananas are perfect for this recipe because they are very sweet and their mushy texture doesn’t matter since they get mushed up anyway.

Squishy + mushy = Smushie! Banana + smushie = Delish!

Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients all at once and mix! Or, you can add them in in groups and mix after each set of additions.


I may or may not have snagged a few chocolate chips before adding the rest into the mix. 🙂

It’s already looking delicioso!

That white stuff is coconut oil. It’s rich in essential fatty acids, which are the “good fats” that doctors recommend, and is free of cholesterol and trans fat. Learn more about it here. It’s an optional ingredient but helps solidify the bars because it’s solid at room temp.

Now, you have a decision to make. Give in to temptation, and eat it all as is. (Super yum!) Or, go onto step 3. (Double yum!)

Step 3: Put into a sandwich-sized plastic bag and flatten. (If you double the recipe, you can flatten it into an 8×8 pan.) Then, stick it into the freezer, or fridge, for a few hours.

Step 4: Take out of the freezer and remove the plastic bag.

Step 5: Cut into equal-sized bars. I cut 8 rectangles. I suggest you use a sharp knife, if you have access to one. I used a dinner knife, which didn’t cut very cleanly.

Sorry for the bad lighting in the photo (and other photos). I took them on my desk where the lighting isn’t very good.

Step 6: Wrap them up individually in plastic wrap or plastic bags. Or, put a few in a bag together. Store in the fridge/freezer.

These bars came out way better than I’d hope. They are moist and chewy. Peanut butter is the strongest flavor and is wonderfully complimented by the other additions. They make a great snack, pre-workout energy boost, or post-meal sweet treat. They are great alternatives to store-bought oatmeal bars because they are made of wholesome, natural ingredients and they are not filled with preservatives.

These bars are also extremely customizable. Instead of making bars, you can also shape them into cookie or ball shapes. You can also add different ingredients to them or switch out ingredients for others to suit you likes. Some suggestions: add 1-2 scoops protein powder; add 1 tbsp flax or chia seeds; switch raisins for another dried fruit; switch chocolate chips for butterscotch, white chocolate, or carob chips; switch PB for another nut butter; add chopped nuts.

Just be creative with it! You really can’t go wrong.

Question: What’s your favorite no-bake recipe? What’s your favorite add-in combos?

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February 13, 2011 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment


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