Many are looking for a snack or dessert that will fit into their diet. Your search is over! This recipe does not have refined sugar (except for the chocolate). It’s even a no-bake recipe, has protein and fiber so you don’t get hungry after 15 minutes.
There is one caveat, however. It’s best if you use a food processor. You can try in a blender, but it may not be possible. So, if you do not have a food processor, maybe you have a friend who does.
Oatmeal peanut bars
Gather your ingredients
It's best to soak the dates for at least 15 minutes in boiling water (cover to trap the vapor to soften). If you have the time, an hour is better.
Drain the dates and process along with the chia, flax seeds, vanilla, salt, peanut butter (or almond butter) and 2-3 TBL or boiling water until creamy but thick. If you nut butter does not have a lot of fat, add 1 TBL of coconut oil.
Add the oats and process for 30 seconds.
Line the mold with baking or wax paper and fill with the mixture. Press well so it is flat and compact.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 15-20 second segments, stirring between each one. Top the mixture with the chocolate.
If you like, decorate while the chocolate is soft with sea salt, chopped walnuts, chopped dried fruit, etc.
Chill for at least an hour. It will be even easier to cut if chilled for 2 hours. This will keep in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 5 days.
You can use your preferred chocolate. Just remember that as you use less % of chocolate the more sugar it will have.
If you do want a sweeter bar, add 1-2 tsp of honey (or vice versa, remove completely if desired).