No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oat Squares (Vegan + Gluten-free Options)

You know when you get a craving for something chocolatey and yummy, but you don’t have anything ready to go, and you don’t feel like baking something elaborate?   You just want something really really easy and satisfying that requires minimal time and effort. 

I was feeling like that the other day, and I thought hm, what can I make with the ingredients I have in my kitchen that will be really simple.  I searched for oats and chocolate and found this recipe for dark chocolate & oat clusters.  

I went for it and made these clusters in about 15 minutes.  Sweet!

They also only require 4 ingredients:  Peanut Butter, Milk, Chocolate, and Oats

Nice! 

After making these and sharing them with my husband I decided that these were awesome, except that they disappeared too quickly.   I also felt like the texture had potential to be formed into different shapes so I played around with this recipe by creating a bigger batch, and making it into squares instead of clusters. 

I’m really digging the squares, and they make a nice snack to bring to work.  They take less than 20 minutes to make from start to eating time too.   🙂 

Here’s a step by step process on how to make these quick and easy treats:  

Ingredients:
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup of milk (almond or coconut etc for vegan option)
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (dairy-free if desired)
2 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)

Put the peanut butter, milk, and chocolate chips in a saucepan on low heat.  
*Use Almond Milk or Coconut Milk for a Vegan option, and dairy-free chocolate chips.

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Let the Chocolate chips melt and stir it up.  The chocolate melts in about 2-3 minutes.

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Put the Oats into the pot and stir them into the mixture, then remove from the heat. 
*Use Gluten-Free oats to make this a Gluten-Free Snack.

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Empty the mixture into an 8 x 8 inch dish/pan lined with wax or parchment paper, and smooth it out with a spoon.

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Put it in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.  Then take it out of the fridge and cut it any way your heart desires.  They’re great right away, but if you keep them in the fridge overnight or for a few hours they will become more firm and easier to pack for work or school treats.

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Bon Appetit!

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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter and Oat Squares (Vegan + Gluten-Free Options)
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup peanut butter
  2. 1/3 cup of milk (almond or coconut etc for vegan option)
  3. 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (dairy-free if desired)
  4. 2 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
Instructions
  1. Put the peanut butter, milk, and chocolate chips into a saucepan.
  2. Cook on low until the chocolate has melted and everything can be mixed together (2-3 mins)
  3. Stir in the oats and remove from heat.
  4. Pour into an 8x8 inch dish lined with wax paper or parchment paper.
  5. Smoosh it down and spread it out evenly with a spoon.
  6. Let set in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Cut any way you desire, and eat.
Notes
  1. If you let it sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight it will get much firmer and easier to pack for school or work snacks.
Jodi Piotrowski http://www.jodipiotrowski.com/

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