Quick, no bake fudge oatmeal bars are made healthier with added flax meal, less sugar, and nut butter for protein, making them a great option for snacking or dessert! For more quick recipe ideas, head to the Quick Healthy Recipes page. For more delicious cookie ideas, check out the Simple Cookie Recipes page.
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I'm so excited to share these quick, easy, and DELICIOUS no-bake bars with you! So much so that I'm willing to take one of our theme salad days from June - I know, shocking, right? Let's see- cookies or salad? Hmmm...
One, because I love a recipe that mimics a well-loved, less healthy version (in this case, those classic oatmeal-fudge bars made with sweetened condensed milk - not that it's the milk that's awful, since it's only two ingredients and I use it here and here, but it is full of sugar…). It replaced heaps of brown sugar with just 1/3 c. of honey, adds ground flax seed for additional omega-3s, and uses a protein-packed nut butter instead of the sweetened condensed milk, leaving the sugar found in dark chocolate chips as the only additional sugar.
And two, chocolate and peanut butter (or almond, cashew, or whatever you like) - hello? Just a little bit of manna to me. That combo always calls to me.
Healthy No Bake Fudge Oatmeal Bars
And I'm also completely loving that these are super easy, don't heat up the house when it's warm (making them perfect for summer), and work as both a snack and a dessert. Really!
I served these to friends for dessert and no one felt cheated or even realized that they were "healthy." That's the thing with chocolate - I'm finding more and more than when chocolate is involved, you can always use less sugar in a recipe and it still feels decadent.
Okay, maybe not decadent (that may be pushing it...), but at least dessert-like.
While they will last for a long time in the fridge or freezer, they do need to be stored in the fridge and not left out for more than a few hours, since they get soft.
You can use butter or coconut oil, both of which are healthy fats, and your choice of nut butter. You can also use maple syrup in place of the honey if you want. Pretty flexible, right?
Okay - now go make some!
Healthy No Bake Fudge Oatmeal Bars
- 3/4 cup butter or coconut oil or a combo
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 ½ cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips or 6 ounces chocolate, broken
- 3/4 cup nut butter peanut, almond, cashew
- Optional: 1/4 cup more chocolate chips melted, for drizzling tops
- Line a 8x8-inch pan with parchment or foil, leaving it to hang over two opposite edges (to use as handles to lift out and cut easier).
- Add butter or coconut oil, honey, and vanilla to a large saucepan and melt together over medium heat. Mix in the oats and flax and cook, stirring constantly for a bit more (about 1-1/2 minutes). Remove from heat.
- Press 1/2 to 2/3 of the mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan (it will be a thin crust), reserving 1/3-1/2 for the topping.
- Melt chocolate and nut butter together over low heat until melted (or microwave 1 minute). Spread evenly over oatmeal crust.
- Crumble reserved oatmeal mixture over the top and press it in a bit. Drizzle with melted chocolate chips, if desired.
- Place in the fridge, covered, a couple hours until firm before cutting into 36 small bars.
- Store in the refrigerator (they also freeze wonderfully).
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(P.S. hat tip to my aunt for sending me this recipe, which I of course had to adapt and change to make healthier - sorry, A.M.!)
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