Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

February 4, 2016

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars ready in under 30 minutesVegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

There are seriously no words to describe how much I love these Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars. I was on the phone with my Mom the other day and she asked me what I was doing the rest of the afternoon. I responded and said “I have a clear afternoon so I might as well relax and bake or something”. She just laughed because baking is literally my way of relaxing.

When I’m in my kitchen (and by kitchen I mean the wall in my studio apartment), I am my happiest. I love sorting through my cabinets seeing what ingredients I have on hand and using them to make something new and delicious. My favorite is when I ask Jord if there is anything he is craving and he says “something good”. Not the most helpful response but hey, he’s an easy crowd pleaser 😉

I then say “give me an ingredient to base it around”.

This time it was “peanut butter”. From there I think about things I haven’t made in awhile or have been wanting to make. That’s when I realized, I have never made an actual bar recipe on the blog. We have brownies and such, but not one snack or breakfast or dessert bar has ever been made. I was mind boggled. I’m pretty embarrassed considering I am a bit of a bar-snob. I love having bars on hand in my gym bag or whenever I am on the run. They’re such an easy snack and can be nutritious if you pick the right one.

Now I can also snack on these Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars. They are seriously AMAZEBALLS. I am still in shock that they are vegan. No eggs! You probably could add them if you want to though, but definitely not necessary.

You can eat one of these for a snack, dessert or pair it with some fresh fruit or yogurt for breakfast. The chocolate drizzle on top makes them a lot fancier than they actually are (seriously, I wish photographed them before because they were actually kind of ugly!).

Now these bars also may have the most ingredients I have ever used before in a recipe but don’t let that intimidate you. They are so easy to make and once you take a bite, you will thank me (I hope!).

Here are the key ingredients:

oatmeal 

almond milk

creamy peanut butter

maple syrup 

coconut sugar

unsalted peanuts

dark chocolate chips (dairy free) – I really love using this one too because it has NO added sugar! code rachLcoconutcups for free chocolate surprise when you order anything!

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal BarsVegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

  • Author: rachel mansfield
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: breakfast, dessert, snack
  • Cuisine: vegan, glutenfree
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup oat flour (oatmeal pulsed in food processor for a few seconds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (room temperature or warm)
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup dairy free dark chocolate chips + 1/3 cup for drizzle

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease an 8×8 baking dish
  3. Combine oatmeal, oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract and almond milk together and mix well
  4. In a separate bowl, add the maple syrup and peanut butter together (if peanut butter is hard, pop in microwave for about 15-20 seconds to soften)
  5. Add to dry ingredients and add coconut sugar
  6. Mix well until everything is combined
  7. Fold in peanuts and chocolate chips
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes
  9. Let the bars cool for about 20-30 minutes
  10. Melt chocolate chips in microwave (I added coconut oil too) in 15 second increments until melted
  11. Drizzle across the bars in the baking dish
  12. Cut & enjoy!

xx, Rach

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26 Responses

  1. I can’t imagine cooking in a small NY apartment! I am totally not used to that from my suburban life in Florida haha. These look so so good, and I love how you add a white background touch to everything. really makes your food pop!

  2. “baking is literally my way of relaxing” AGREED! I did so much baking this past weekend, and it was pretty much the best part of my week. These bars look insanely delicious. Peanut butter + chocolate + oatmeal is the trifecta of awesomeness.

  3. My boyfriend and I JUST went from living in a huge house with lots of kitchen space and lots of roommates to our own (expensive) one bedroom in SF. I’m going to have to get used to our small kitchen and chopping things on our kitchen table/on top of the microwave!

  4. Hello, lover! These look SO, SO good, Rach! And I love the idea of playing a game based on an ingredient to create a treat. It’s like hosting your own Chopped competition! The photos are so bright and crisp, too. Pinning this fo sho! XX

  5. I have made this recipe twice now. I believe peanut butter and chocolate are the best combination, ever. I love these bars, but am still tweaking the recipe to my liking. They came out both times very glue-like….they really stick when they go down your throat. Any suggestions on how I can make them lighter?

    1. Hi Chrissy- Depending on what you are “tweaking”, I unfortunately can’t really say why yours aren’t turning out how they’re supposed to. I recommend following my measurements & instruction exactly as that is how I have created the recipe to taste best! xx

      1. I did follow the recipe as written the first time, except I left out the peanuts, and it was still gummy. I don’t think omitting the peanuts would affect this. Just wondered if you had any idea what I could change to get a better result. Thanks.

        1. Hmm, I’m not sure Chrissy! I have had a handful of readers make it without an issue. Here are few things to keep in mind: 1) Make sure the oats are old fashioned and not quick 2) Make sure the creamy peanut butter is room temperate and not warm, even heat it in the microwave 4) Double check the baking dish size you are using and confirm it’s 8×8! xx

    1. Hi Leslie – I usually only bake with coconut sugar but you can sub regular! I recommend buying coconut sugar at the store or online to have on hand, it is much better for us than white sugar! xx

      1. Rachel – should the almond milk be sweetened or unsweetened?
        And should the peanut butter be salted or unsalted?

  6. Made these last night with brown sugar instead of coconut sugar and they turned out AMAZING! I absolutely love eating them cold right out of the freezer. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! 🙂 🙂

  7. Looks amazing! Would I be able to use steel cut oats in this recipe? I would cook them first and use as is as for the flour portion.

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