It’s funny how the start of the school year changes things so fast! Our kids started back to school on Monday and the house has been quieter and our family schedule has changed once again. I’m working on training and teaching fitness in the mornings and blogging in the early afternoons, and evenings are getting busier with family activities, homework, and (soon) sports and music.
With all the stuff my kids are doing during the school day, they’re usually hungry and clamoring for a snack of some kind as soon as they get home. School can be a lot of work for kids, their teachers do great work and keep them busy!
While we try to keep things pretty healthy in our house, sometimes it’s nice to have a more decadent treat for after school snacks. Instead of reaching for store-bought cookies or granola bars, try making these bars instead! These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oat Bars are sweet and rich, but are still made a bit healthier with whole grains, natural sugars, and healthy fats.
These No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oat Bars are simple, easy to make, and are loaded with Bob’s Red Mill oats which are a good source of fiber. The healthy fats from the SunButter and the complex carbs in the oats will help keep your kids a bit more satisfied after eating these treats. Pair these with fruit or veggies and some protein and you have a filling after-school snack.
Oats are such a versatile whole grain, you can do so many things with them! I like to use them in protein bites, fruit crisp, overnight oats, muffins, cookies, pancakes…you name it! Since there are several types of oats (quick, rolled, and steel cut), there are lots of different ways to use them in your recipes.
I created these bars with both the quick oats and the rolled oats in this recipe: quick oats to help them stick together better and regular rolled oats to give these bars plenty of texture.
I originally cut the pan into 12 bars but I would recommend cutting them into 16 smaller bars since I think they are quite rich and sweet. If you’re watching your portions and sugar intake, you can even roll these into smaller balls to make them easier to take places and to keep portions small. If you’re rolling these into balls, you can make over 30 of them with this recipe.
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