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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars with Oats

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal protein Bars or peanut chikki is the perfect no-bake, dessert snack that's both nutritious and delicious.
Course Dessert, healthy, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Time to set the bars 2 hours
Servings 15 bars
Calories 173.66kcal

Equipment

  • Food Processor or a Blender

Instructions

  • If you don't have roasted oats, quickly dry roast them for 2-3 minutes before starting the recipe.
  • Then you need to soften the dates. For that, soak pitted dates in warm water for 10 minutes. It helps with the grinding.
  • Drain the water from the dates and transfer it to the food processor. Also add chia seeds, salt, flax seed powder, and vanilla extract.
  • Then add the peanut butter. This is what gives the peanut chikki flavor.
  • Can make it in a food processor or a blender. Pulse till smooth.
  • Then add the roasted oats to the processor. Pulse it again till it's all broken down and well combined.
  • Line an 8″x8″ baking dish with parchment paper to make these easy to remove from the pan later and transfer this mixture to it.
  • Press down firmly with fingers or the back of a glass/bowl until the mixture is evenly spread and packed down.
  • Melt some dark chocolate. Add little milk if needed. It should achieve a thick sauce consistency.
  • Pour this chocolate sauce over the mixture.
  • Spread the chocolate evenly by tilting the pan on all sides. Sprinkle with shredded coconut if desired.
  • Refrigerate for about 30 minutes so it sets. Take it out of the pan by pulling on the parchment paper.
  • Evenly cut into the bars or squares using a sharp knife. Enjoy!

Notes

You can also add coconut and/or almond flour along with oats for more flavor and nutrition. 
Use good quality peanut butter. Processed creamy peanut butter such as Jif or Skippy works the best here. 
But if the jar's been open for long and it smells stale, then don't use it. 
Peanut butter powder can also be used as a substitute. Just mix it with water to get the right consistency. 
If you run out of dark chocolate, mix 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and use it in place of dark chocolate. 
Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of Nutella along with chocolate for more flavor.
If you are allergic to peanuts, use natural creamy almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead. 
And if the butter is a bit dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of oil. 
If you don't want to use or have dates, add 1/3 cup pure maple syrup/honey instead. 
Add some chopped nuts of choice on top of these no-bake chocolate oatmeal bars for some extra protein. You can also sprinkle some sea salt on top.
Ensure that the parchment paper is bigger than the baking dish or pan. It will help lift the bars out of it. 
Also remember, the size of the pan will determine how thick or thin the bars are.
These bars can be stored in an airtight container, in the fridge for 7-10 days.
You can also put them in the freezer for nearly 2-3 months. When you want to eat, transfer the bars to the fridge to thaw and then enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 173.66kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.13g | Protein: 5.61g | Fat: 11.98g | Saturated Fat: 3.44g | Cholesterol: 0.17mg | Sodium: 81.98mg | Potassium: 207.98mg | Fiber: 2.81g | Sugar: 6.5g | Vitamin A: 7.3IU | Calcium: 23.02mg | Iron: 1.3mg