Occasionally, my sweet tooth hits an insatiable level, as I’ve mentioned before. In those moments, when my sugar cravings are hulking out, I have been attempting to enjoy sweet treats that have some redemptive scrap of nutritional value. Having finally wearied of turning on the oven to bake chick-pea based cookies (which are still delicious, by the way), I decided it was time to look into a no-bake option – it is summer after all.
Ingredients to Assemble:
- 1 cup creamy peanut-butter (I used the organic kind, because it’s supposedly better for you…)
- 2/3 c. honey
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 & 1/4 c. chocolate (I used semi-sweet chips, but whatever you have handy can work, as long as it’s chopped into small bits)
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 c. flaked coconut
Step 1 of 2 (aka. this is going to be easy)
Mix everything but the oats and coconut in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring regularly, until it is one smooth, melted-together consistency.
Step 2 of 2 (a no brainer)
Add in the oats and coconut and stir it up. Then scrape the whole gooey mixture into a pan that you have lined with tin-foil and non-stick-sprayed as much as possible! Throw this into the refrigerator to set before you slice them up!
When they are done, slice them up and enjoy! Just remember to store these suckers in the fridge or they will melt!
It is probably worth mentioning that these are by no mean low-calorie. . . which is why the “healthy” is in quotation marks. HOWEVER, they have no butter, no straight sugar (except in those chocolate chips, I’m sure), no processed oils, and (probably arguably) some nutritional value (ahem: oats and protein, man).