Best Ever Chocolate Oat No-Bake Bars

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It’s never good when you get a hankering to make something sweet the week before you go on vacation. And in the case of these Best Ever Chocolate Oat No-Bake Bars, while the individual ingredients may be considered healthy and wholesome (okay the chocolate may be a stretch, but otherwise…), the sum of their parts are a little heavy on calories. At least for someone like me who wants to shed a few…and is in a swimsuit all week.

I cut back on chocolate and honey, omitted the high-calorie coconut, upped the nuts for protein and oats for fiber and portion, and added in very low-calorie and high-fiber wheat bran to help up the nutrition in these babies. The result? Totally addicting, bigger, and slightly healthier.

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While I left the rest of these bars with my in-laws back in Michigan, Cabo is also filled with lots of delicious temptations. It’s dangerous when your all-inclusive package includes chocolate cake delivery in their rooms service menu 24/7. And if chocolate cake isn’t your thing, maybe the chicken nachos or papaya pancakes are. It’s kind of a foodie paradise.

But the last time I checked, laying poolside doesn’t burn many calories, so we’re finding alternate ways to burn off margaritas and Best Ever Chocolate Oat No-Bake Bars. It’s all about balance, right? 🙂

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Yesterday morning, Mr. P headed straight to the gym while I walked the resort property with my morning coffee, catching some rays and whale watching (yesterday at lunch, we sat on a deck and watched whales do back flips out of the water…so cool). After my little warm-up, I hit the elliptical for 30 minutes in the crazy humid gym and followed it up with biceps, triceps, and abs, as I promised my trainer back home that I would. PROOF! Then, I didn’t even have to twist Mr. P’s arm very far to play tennis with me.

It was the perfect start to the day and today will be a repeat – while we’re not eating Best Ever Chocolate Oat No-Bake Bars, there are some chilaquiles with my name on’em!

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Best Ever Chocolate Oat No-Bake Bars
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Serves: 30 bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup natural, smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 3½ cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup wheat bran
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil over medium-low heat in a saucepan on the stove; whisk well to combine.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the oats, wheat bran, coconut, nuts, and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  3. Pour the hot peanut butter mixture over the oats and mix well; transfer to a 9x13-inch pan that has been misted with nonstick cooking spray. Using the backside of a spatula, firmly press the oat mixture into the bottom of the 9x13, spreading the mixture evenly to all sides. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm; cut into bars. Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Money Saving Mom, originally from I Hear Exercise Will Kill You
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bar Calories: 217 Fat: 15.5 Carbohydrates: 17.5 Sugar: 3.7 Sodium: 65 Fiber: 2.5 Protein: 5.1 Cholesterol: 0
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3 Comments

  1. March 31, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    Those look delicious! I am glad you are enjoying your vacation – I always try to balance biking, walking, etc. while on vacation, so that I can eat more tacos and have more wine! 😀

  2. April 2, 2015 / 3:38 pm

    Your idea is great . I’m not very desperate for chocolate, I rarely eat chocolate and when I eat I’m not enjoying it 100% because I think is not healthy . I didn’t know is so easy making healthy chocolate at home using this recipe.

  3. April 29, 2015 / 12:19 am

    Love the easy ingredient breakdown on these! I may try swapping oat bran for the wheat bran – I’ll let you know how that turns out!

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