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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars Recipe

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This healthy no-bake chocolate oat bars recipe is made with creamy natural peanut butter, shredded coconut, rolled oats, dark chocolate chips, and raw honey for a healthier sweet treat. Healthy oat bar recipes are easy no-bake treats to keep on hand when you are in the mood for a little pick-me-up snack. 

Made with all your favorite ingredients, they are packed with fiber from oats, healthy fats from nut butter and coconut, and a touch of sweetness from the honey. These bars are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without any guilt.  They’re super easy to make – no oven required! So you can whip up a batch of these delicious no-bake bars in no time. Each bite is a perfect blend of chewy oats, rich peanut butter, and decadent dark chocolate – a healthier treat that tastes anything but.

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These no-bake chocolate oatmeal bars are gluten-free and dairy-free. Remember, even healthy treats are best enjoyed in moderation. Nutritional info can be found at the end of the post. 

Ingredients to Make Healthy Chocolate Oat Bars

Skip the pre-packaged mystery. Making your own no-bake chocolate oat bars with wholesome ingredients lets you control what you eat and create a delicious, nutritious treat. These homemade bars are far better than anything store-bought, offering a taste and quality you can trust.

  • 2 cups Gluten Free Oats
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/8 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
ingredients to make the best healthy no bake chocolate peanut butter oat bars

Pro-Tips & Ingredient Alternatives

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For the oats, gluten-free rolled oats also known as old-fashioned oats are my go-to. For this recipe, these are better than quick-cooking oats, or steel-cut oats. 

Peanut butter adds the best nutty flavor but you can use any kind of nut butter you like. This no-bake chocolate oat bar recipe will also work with almond butter, cashew butter, or even chunky peanut butter for the peanut butter lover. If you need to avoid nuts for any reason, you can try using sunflower seed butter. 

This great recipe is naturally sweetened with raw honey. So when using shredded coconut, look for unsweetened to avoid any unnecessary added sugar. 

For the chocolate chips, I like to use dairy-free cacao chips. The higher the percentage of cacao the less sweet they are. I tend to stay with 70-85% cacao. You can use dark chocolate chips, or even semi-sweet chocolate chips if you prefer. 

How to Make Chocolate Oat Bars

First, combine the oats and shredded coconut in a large mixing bowl. 

shredded coconut and glute free rolled oats in bowl

Then add the chopped walnuts and raw cacao nibs.

Cacao nibs are tiny bursts of chocolate goodness. These crunchy bits are simply crushed cacao beans, the raw and unprocessed seeds of the cacao tree. Unlike your favorite chocolate bar, cacao nibs are naturally bitter and haven’t been sweetened or mixed with milk or cocoa butter. But don’t let the bitterness fool you. Cacao nibs are packed with fiber, protein, and antioxidants that can benefit your health.

raw cacao nibs and walnuts

Next, add the chocolate chips to the bowl.

dark chocolate chips, pascha brand chocolate chips

Stir the dry ingredients together and set aside.

dry oatmeal mixture with nuts adn chocolate

Next, in a medium saucepan combine the peanut butter and coconut oil. 

coconut oil and peanut butter

Add the honey and vanilla extract. 

raw honey to sweeten

Warm over low heat until the ingredients are melted and smooth. Make sure it does not boil or burn. 

creamy melted peanut butter in saucepan

Next, add the oat mixture into the warm saucepan with the melted ingredients. 

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Stir the ingredients together. The heat from the wet ingredients and saucepan will melt the chocolate chips, and you will have a thick and creamy chocolate oat mixture.

melted chocolate oat bar mixture in pot

Easy No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

Next, line a baking pan with a piece of parchment paper.

parchment paper lined baking pan

Pour the peanut butter chocolate oat mixture into the prepared pan. 

mixture in baking pan with parchment paper

Place the pan in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours, or overnight to chill. As the mixture chills, it will set. This waiting time may be the hardest part of the entire process. 

When ready, remove from the fridge. Use the parchment paper to lift the oat bars from the pan, and use a sharp knife to cut into bars. Because this delicious treat is quite rich, I cut them into small bars (25 bars)

sliced oat bars on parchment paper

Recipe for No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

Enjoy right away and try not to eat them all at once. Store these delicious bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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This no-bake chocolate oat bars recipe offers a healthier and tastier alternative to store-bought snacks. Packed with wholesome simple ingredients like oats, nut butter, coconut, and dark chocolate, these no-bake bars are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without any guilt.

recipe for no bake chocolate oat bars

They’re easy to make too – no oven required. Plus, they’re gluten-free and dairy-free for those with dietary restrictions, or following a medically restrictive diet.

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The recipe is customizable – you can swap nut butters, use different types of chocolate chips, and choose between raw honey or another natural sweetener, like pure maple syrup.

close up of no bake peanut butter chocolate oat bars with walnuts

With just a few minutes of prep, you can ditch the pre-packaged mystery snacks and whip up a batch of these irresistible bars in no time. 

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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars Recipe

Yield: 25
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

This healthy no-bake chocolate oat bars recipe is made with peanut butter, shredded coconut, rolled oats, dark chocolate chips, and raw honey.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Gluten Free Oats
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/8 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Then combine the peanut butter, coconut oil, honey, and vanilla in a medium saucepan.
  3. Heat over low-medium heat until creamy and smooth. Do not boil!
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and stir to melt chocolate chips. The warmth of the saucepan and melted ingredients will be enough to melt the chocolate.
  5. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  6. Transfer the chocolate oat mixture to the prepared pan.
  7. Place in the fridge for 4-6 hours, or overnight to chill and set.
  8. Once set, remove from the fridge and cut into bars
  9. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 25 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 17.9gSaturated Fat: 9.8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1.1mgCarbohydrates: 19.5gFiber: 3.9gSugar: 7.3gProtein: 6.1g

nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on products/ingredients used.

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