Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Candy Bars

Screen Shot 2013-04-07 at 5.58.40 PMThis photo at left, from my “death by chocolate” pinterest board, is a wildly popular pinterest recipe has been repinned over a half a million times. From New Nostalgia, it is a recipe borne from an attempt at granola bars that went awry but yielded this fabulous bar.

I made these bars this week for a tennis tournament, and everyone loved them. They are easy, delicious, and full of healthy, whole ingredients such as coconut oil, oats, honey & dried fruit. The taste is a cross between fudge and the ever-popular “boiled” chocolate peanut butter cookies.

These are very rich, so one batch should go a long way. Here is the recipe with my modifications.

Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Candy Bars

1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (no substitutes–this gives these creamy texture and coconut flavor)
2 cups oats (regular–not quick or instant)
1 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips
3/4 cup dried cranberries (I used about 1/4 cup cranberries and 1/3 cup chopped pecans)

Line a 11 x 13 pan with parchment paper; set aside.

In medium saucepan, melt peanut butter, honey & coconut oil. Remove from heat.

Add oats, chocolate chips, cranberries and nuts. Stir until chocolate chips are melted.

Spread into a 9 x 13 pan. Refrigerate until cool. Lift parchment from pan and the whole piece will come out (be careful not to break it). Cut into squares. Keep refrigerated.

IMG_0243My bars turned out great and could not have been easier to make. Be sure to use parchment paper to lift out the entire pan; it makes cutting the bars into perfect squares a snap.

Since these were a hit with adults and kids alike, this recipe is a keeper for my recipe box.