I’ve made these Vegan Gluten-Free Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oat Bars for many years now and they are one of my families favorite dessert recipes.
They’re actually based off my basic granola bar recipe, but I added a special layer of goodness.
In between a top and bottom layer of chocolate chip granola is a middle layer of warm peanut butter and chocolate chips.
It takes a basic granola bar to a new level and is much healthier than using eggs, white flour and refined sugar.
And, I’ve even made a no-bake version of this same recipe which you can find here.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Almond Power Bars with Chocolate Topping, Raw Hemp Seed Bars with Cacao Drizzle, Raw Hemp and Chia Seed Bars or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts about Oats:
- provides significant fiber
- helps control blood sugar levels
- can reduce hypertension and high blood pressure
- increases appetite control hormones
- lowers bad cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Flour):
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Raw Coconut Crystals:
- low glycemic (GI of 35)
- raw, vegan and gluten-free
- unrefined and unbleached
- contains 17 amino acids
- is an abundant source of minerals and broad spectrum B vitamins
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Peanuts (Peanut Butter):
- excellent source of vitamin E
- high in folate
- contains tryptophan which helps fight depression
- good source of fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Maple Syrup:
- contains manganese and zinc
- super high in anti-oxidants
- helps with inflammation
- 1/4 cup contains more calcium than the same amount of milk
- 1/4 cup contains more potassium than a banana
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: If you’re not in a hurry, this would be a great recipe to use making homemade peanut butter!
Tip #2: As tempting as it will be to eat them right out of the oven, it’s much better if you let them cool off completely before cutting and serving. They will be very soft and not hold together well while they are warm. But, because of the coconut oil in the oat bars and peanut butter center, they will get firm and harden a bit if you put them in the refrigerator, which in my opinion, is when they taste the best. They become very dense and hold together much better. Take them out of the oven and put them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to an hour or so to cool and firm and they will be good to go!