Is it just me or does 3pm always leave you hangry?
Even if I have a big lunch full of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein I can never seem to escape a wicked case of the munchies in the afternoon. I often turn to a piece of fruit or something that will give me a quick burst of energy but I lose my energy after a while and go back for seconds.
I decided to create a grab and go snack that is tasty, filling and will give me a steady release of energy until it’s time for dinner. As you may have noticed, I’m a huge fan of oats so I know that they would have to feature somewhere in the recipes. I also can’t go a day without a taste of chocolate so I had to sneak a little drizzle in there too.
These bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, plant based and easy to whip up! You can personalise them with whatever toppings you’d like! I’m partial to a bit of nut butter but I also think that goji berries, desiccated coconut or chopped nuts would make a wonderful addition to the recipe!
If you decide to give them a go please tag me on Instagram @lovedbylaurenhealth . I love seeing your recreations and feedback is always valuable!
No-Bake Oat Bars (Serves 6)
-200g gluten-free oats
-100g dates (medjool work best)
-2.5 tbsp maple syrup
-80ml almond milk
-1/2 tsp salt
-40g dairy free/dark chocolate
-2 tbsp peanut butter
1) Soak the dates in boiling water for 15 minutes.
2) Blitz the oats in a blender until they resemble a flour and transfer to a mixing bowl with the salt. (You may need to do two separate batches)
3) Drain the water from the dates and blend with the almond milk and maple syrup. Add the date mixture to the oats.
4) Mix well with your hands until it resembles a dough. You may need to add more almond milk to allow it to stick together. (The mixture shouldn’t be too wet.
5) Line a loaf tin with baking paper and press the mixture into the tin to create the base. Use your knuckles to make sure it is compact and even.
6) Melt the dark chocolate on a low heat and drizzle it over the base. Mix the peanut butter with a dash of almond milk and drizzle over the chocolate.
7) Drag the sharp tip of a knife in a zig-zag pattern to create a design with the peanut butter and chocolate.
8) Transfer to a freezer for 45 minutes and then cut into 6 bars.
9) Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
I really hope yo enjoy these bars as much as I did!! I also hope you can refrain from eating half of the mixture like I did…..
Until next time,