No-bake almond butter chocolate oat bars

Sharing this quick and healthy no-bake snack recipe: almond butter chocolate oat bars! They take less than 10 minutes to put together and make an awesome gluten-free snack. 

Holler to all of the moms out there cooking 18 meals per day and cleaning up each time. In the morning, I like to drink my collagen coffee and wake up for a bit while I make the girls’ breakfast. I finish cooking everything, make a little something for myself a bit later, clean up the damage, and then it’s, “Hey mom…” cook, clean, repeat the rest of the day. I feel like the kiddos grow so much over the summer and are constantly snacking and hungry! (All the fresh air and swimming will do it to ya.) I’m trying to keep the fridge and pantry as stocked as possible and also have healthy options that they can grab themselves.

Different types of fruit, “baby cheese” (the little Babybel cheeses), energy balls, veggies with dip, bagels with cream cheese, yogurts, trail mix, cereal, and jerky have been some of their staples. And bars. SO MANY BARS. I’ll buy three boxes and within a couple of days – gone. I decided to try making bars just to have as backup and to switch up the usual rotation.

No-bake almond butter chocolate oat bars! A delicious and healthy snack recipe. fitnessista.com

No-bake almond butter chocolate oat bars! A delicious and healthy snack recipe. fitnessista.com

I had some little helpers in the kitchen and they can attest to the fact that these bars are amazing. They’re not too sweet, slightly chewy, very chocolatey, and give a great dose of whole grains, fiber, and healthy fats. No-bake almond butter chocolate oat bars! A delicious and healthy snack recipe. fitnessista.com

No-bake almond butter chocolate oat bars

Here’s the quick and easy recipe if you’d like to give them a try!

Are your kiddos snacking machines right now, too? What are some of your go-to snack options? I’m always looking to switch things up!

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No-bake almond butter chocolate oat bars

No-bake almond butter chocolate oat bars! A delicious and healthy snack recipe. fitnessista.com

Sharing this quick and healthy no-bake snack recipe: almond butter chocolate oat bars! They take less than 10 minutes to put together and make an awesome gluten-free snack. 

  • Author: Gina Harney // Fitnessista.com
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Ingredients

3 tablespoons of butter (or vegan substitute)

24 tablespoons of coconut sugar (you can also use brown sugar. Add more if you like your bars on the sweeter side)

1/2 cup almond milk

1 1/2 cup gluten-free oats

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons chia seeds

3 oz creamy, unsalted almond butter

2 oz chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat the butter on medium until melted. Stir in the coconut sugar, almond milk, chia seeds, and oats, and cook until slightly softened, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and add the cinnamon, salt and vanilla.
  3. In a small bowl, heat the almond butter and chocolate chips for 30-45 seconds and stir to combine. The chocolate chips should be melted and the mixture should be smooth.
  4. Place parchment paper on the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish. Add 1/2 the oat mixture and press down. Drizzle 3/4 of the almond butter chocolate mixture on top and use a spatula to cover. Press the remaining oat mixture on top and drizzle with the remaining almond butter chocolate mixture.
  5. Set in the fridge to harden, about 1-2 hours. Store covered in the fridge!

Notes

These little guys can be a bit crumbly! Make sure to store them in the fridge to keep their bar shape.

Feel free to use peanut butter or your favorite nut butter instead of almond!

Add in dried fruit or any other mix-ins you would like.

Have a great day and I’ll see ya in the morning with my fave classes from the Peloton app.

xo

Gina

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8 Comments

  1. Sara S on May 20, 2020 at 6:25 am

    The struggle is real trying to keep up with preparing and then cleaning up food
    Making these today! My three kiddos will LOVE them and I love that they are easy to make with ingredients we already have.

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2020 at 7:58 pm

      let me know how the turn out!! xo

  2. Liz on May 20, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    I’m totally making these ASAP! One of our go-to snacks has been sliced apples with peanut butter dip (I just microwave the peanut butter a little and mix in a touch of avocado oil to make it more dippable). I’ll also do a batch of muffins, stick an organic yogurt tube in the freezer for “frozen yogurt”, do the frozen banana in the food processor thing for “banana ice cream”, or do mini nut butter sandwiches cut into cute shapes with small cookie cutters. The struggle is real!

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      ahh i love all of these ideas – thank you!

  3. Emily on May 20, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I made these with flax seed instead of chia and added a smidge extra milk (and used 2% milk) – ingredient swaps because Covid – and they are DELICIOUS. Thanks for sharing!

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2020 at 7:57 pm

      YAY i’m so glad to hear!! thank you for the awesome review

  4. Vicki on May 21, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Di you have nutritional facts by any chance? & wondering about subbing coconut oil for the butter?

    • Fitnessista on May 21, 2020 at 7:56 pm

      i didn’t calculate for these. you can absolutely use coconut oil!

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