Gluten Free No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars7Some recipes need a lengthy explanation, a long ingredient list and important step-by-step instructions, in order for it to turn out right. This recipe is NOT one of those. These Gluten Free No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars were created while I was in the kitchen with my kids on a cloudy day doing a little school work. It was a Monday and we were trying to get back into the groove. We all needed a little extra motivation and I let them take a quick break to help me “cook” (although this is barely even considered cooking). If you like easy no-fuss recipes…the kind that doesn’t even need a measuring cup, this one is for you.
IMG_6504To begin, pull out your food processor and dump in about 2 cups oats. 
No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter BarsAdd about a tablespoon of cocoa powder.No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars1Scoop in some Peanut Butter and add a handful of peanuts (or any other nuts or seeds you’d like to include).No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars2Drizzle about 1/4 cup of maple syrup to sweeten it up (more or less depending on how sweet you like things and how much sugar you’d like your bars to have). No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars4Put on the lid and blender ‘er up. Press the mixture into a greased pan and then set it into the fridge to chill.No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars5After the pan is nice and cold and the bars and firm, go ahead and enjoy. We didn’t even wait until our bars were chilled to enjoy one, but we aren’t picky so, enjoy them however you like!
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Gluten-Free No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups Gluten-Free Oats
  2. 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 peanuts
  4. 1/2 peanut butter
  5. 1/4 maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until well combined. Spread into a greased pan and chill until firm.
Notes
  1. When you make these bars, feel free to include any other nuts or dried fruit that you like. Dates would be great and you could use less maple syrup, since they are so sweet. Also, you could add in coconut oil, chia seeds or flax seeds. There are lots of delicious options!
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Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids’ school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

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