I made these peanut butter dark chocolate oatmeal squares over the weekend so I could have a few snacks on hand throughout the week. They are perfectly the right amount of sweet, salty, and chocolate-y - filling and made with everything you probably already have! I took the base of some energy bites that I always make, added a layer of chocolate in the middle and turned them into little bars instead! I filled them with protein, gluten free oatmeal, chia seeds, peanut butter (but can sub any nut or seed butter here!), maple syrup, and coconut oil!
They are very simple to make, but take a little bit of time to let everything set in the freezer- but it’s worth it! I think they make a good snack, breakfast on the go, or after dinner dessert. I find them to be pretty filling because of the protein powder (which you can omit), the oats, nut butter, and the chia seeds! They are filled with everything you can feel good about when you are eating!
For the oats, I use sprouted gluten free oats, because I do find them easier to digest. My favorite brand is One Degree Organics. Feel free to use any chocolate of choice, I used a non-dairy one, from Enjoy Life. As I said before the peanut butter is optional- use any nut or seed butter you prefer! I also lightly sweetened them with a little maple syrup and I found it to the be the right amount especially with the added chocolate layer- but please feel free to adjust!
I would suggest storing them in the freezer, they will hold share better and last longer! They will not melt in the fridge - but if you are taking them with you on the go the next day, the freezer would be best so they hold their shape all day long!
I hope you enjoy!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: About 1 hour (to settle in the freezer)
Yields: 9 large squares
3 cups of gluten free quick cooking oatmeal
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (I used vanilla flavor)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup almond flour (can use coconut, oat, or AP flour/GF)
1 cup of peanut butter (or sub any nut/seed butter) (3/4 cup for the base and then 1/4 cup for the chocolate)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp. vanilla
dash of sea salt
dash of cinnamon
1 cup non dairy chocolate
In a large bowl, mix together: oatmeal, chia seeds, protein powder, sea salt, cinnamon, almond flour. Mix.
Add, the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, 3/4 cup of peanut butter, vanilla. Mix until combined. Taste test! The dough should be sticky and resemble energy bites that you make; meaning you should be able to roll them into a ball. If the dough is too wet, add in more oatmeal but if the dough is too dry add in more nut butter, maple syrup, or coconut oil!
Press half of the dough in a lined 8x8 pan (with parchment paper). Use your fingers to spread evenly! Place in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, take out of the freezer.
Melt the 1 cup chocolate and 1/4 cup of the peanut butter over the stove on low heat.
Pour the chocolate over the oat mixture. Place back in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, add the remaining crumble on top and press gently with your fingers.
Place back in the freezer for another 20-30 minutes. Cut into squares!
Keep in freezer for longer or lasts about 2 weeks in the fridge!