Thursday, June 26, 2014

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars ~ With Stepwise pictures

I have an admission to make......I have a thing for oats :) If you are a regular visitor to this space, this admission of mine probably comes as no surprise to you. After all you might have already noticed that my header actually has a link to all the oat recipes in this space :)  It is just that I never seem to tire of trying different recipes with oats. I've tried a lot of savory recipes with oats, but my more recent experiments have been a perfect way to indulge my sweet tooth:)

This no bake oat bar is one of the things that I have been making quite often recently. This oat bar has just five ingredients, is super fast and easy to put together. It hardly takes a few minutes, just melt,mix, spread and allow to set for a few minutes. I added in some rice krispies to give the oat bar a little bit of crunch, and I feel like it definitely adds a very interesting texture to this bar.  And even though this bar has oats and nut butter, with good dose of nutrition and fiber, it has a very dessert like feel to it. You would never guess it has something as healthy as oats in it :)

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Ingredients and Method to make no bake chocolate oat bars
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup Rice Krispies 
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter (see notes)
1/3 cup sugar

Pre line a square deep dish with parchment paper and keep aside.  I used a 8X8 inch dish for this.

In a microwave safe glass bowl, mix together chocolate chips, sugar and almond/peanut butter. Place in microwave and heat for 1 min + 30 seconds ( see notes). At this point the mixture is melted and gooey. Mix this well to make sure the chocolates and butter are all mixed well.

 Add oatmeal to this and mix well. Then add Rice Krispies and mix gently.  Spoon this mixture into the pre lined tray/ dish and gently press with a back of a spatula to spread this mixture evenly. I got about 1 cm thick bar with this sized dish, if you use a smaller dish you will get a thicker bar. So select your dish depending on if you want a thicker or thinner bar.You can even use a circular dish and cut into wedges if you want.

Cover and stick the dish in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes so that it sets. Remove, cut into desired shapes  and enjoy:) 

This does not require refrigeration and can be stored in the pantry/ shelf in an air tight container for a week or so, if it lasts that long :)

My microwave strength is 1000 watts, so if yours is more powerful you will need to microwave it for lesser time and if yours has less strength it will take a little more time. Ideally cook the choco chips + nut butter mixture in 30 sec intervals so it does not over heat.

I have made this bar in the past with peanut butter and more recently I have started using almond butter. For both the proportion remains the same. With peanut butter, you get the peanut-y taste along with the chocolate taste, with the almond butter, the taste of the chocolate is more pronounced and the nut butter is not very discernible. 
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