Just 4 ingredients go in to making these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares. Smooth homemade peanut butter and chunks of dark chocolate combined with sticky and sweet oats for a little treats that kids, and adults, are going to love!
These squares are so simple to make, that even kids can get involved. You can mix it all together with a spoon, but where is the fun in that? I prefer to get my hands in and get all messy, which kids would love to do too.
Why you will love them
- Only 4 ingredients
- Easy to store and freeze
- Simple recipe for kids to help with
- Easy to adapt with different flavours
- Vegan option
- Oats - We used jumbo oats as we find they have the best texture.
- Chocolate - We love the intense flavour of dark chocolate, so that is what we use. But you could add some extra flavour by using a flavoured chocolate like orange or mint.
- Peanut Butter - Try to use the best quality peanut butter you can, as it will make a difference. You can also swap it for cashew or almond butter.
- Maple Syrup - This is where the sweetness comes from. You can use honey instead if you prefer.
Step by step
One: In a pan, gently heat the peanut butter until it isn't so stiff and then take off the heat.
Two: Put the oats into a large bowl with the chunks of chocolate and pour the peanut butter and maple syrup.
Three: Mix well.
Four: Line a rectangular dish with baking paper and put the mixture in the pan, pressing it down to fill the dish.
Five: Put the dish in the fridge for 2 hours, then cut in to squares and serve.
Are they healthy?
Whilst they aren't super low in calories, there are no crazy ingredients and additives and you can freeze them for portion control. I am a firm believer that most things that you make from home are going to be that little bit healthier, because you can control the ingredients.
Oats are a natural superfood. Being 100% wholegrain they are an excellent source of fibre, protein, vitamins and antioxidants. So, in addition to being nutritious and sustaining, they offer the body many positive health benefits.
Do I have to use peanut butter?
If you have a peanut allergy but can eat other nuts, then you can easily make this with other nut butters, or even seed butters to make it totally nut free. We often make a cashew butter version that is really creamy.
If you are going to use peanut butter, why not make our own Homemade Peanut Butter? It's so simple to make and works out a lot cheaper.
How to make them vegan
The only non-vegan part of these is the chocolate. Simply swap that out for one of the many great non-dairy chocolates available and you have yourself a vegan chocolate nut butter treat!
For this recipe we used organic jumbo oats as they add a nice texture to the recipe. Steel cut oats will also work well.
Quick cook oats are much more processed than rolled oats, so don't work as well. They are processed to cook fast (as the name implies!) so they can become mushy when they come into contact with any liquid.
These can be kept in the fridge for up to a week. They are easy to freeze too. Once you have cut them in to squares, you can individually wrap them and put them in the freezer. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just get them out one at a time when you need them - perfect for lunch boxes.
• Add different flavours to the mixture like mint extract, orange or vanilla essence for a flavoured oat square.
• Why not add some crushed nuts for an extra nutty boost?
• These are quite sweet so add a pinch of sea salt to the mixture to compliment the sweetness.
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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Squares
- 320 g Organic jumbo oats
- 170 g Chocolate - 70% Dark; cut into small chunks
- 170 g Peanut butter
- 170 ml Maple syrup
- In a pan, gently heat the peanut butter until it isn't so stiff and then take off the heat.170 g Peanut butter
- Put the oats into a large bowl with the chunks of chocolate and pour the peanut butter and maple syrup.320 g Organic jumbo oats, 170 g Chocolate, 170 ml Maple syrup
- Mix well.
- Line a rectangular dish with baking paper and put the mixture in the pan, pressing it down to fill the dish.
- Put the pan in the fridge for 2 hours, then cut in to squares and serve.
- Add different flavours to the mixture like mint extract, orange or vanilla essence for a flavoured oat square.
- Why not add some crushed nuts for an extra nutty boost?
- These are quite sweet so add a pinch of sea salt to the mixture to compliment the sweetness.