Welcome to my current dessert obsession. I call them, Healthy Oatmeal Bars with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt.
This recipe is a healthy re-creation of my all-time favorite childhood dessert. The old recipe was delicious yes, but full of sugar. So of course, I loved them. I made them ALL THE TIME as a teenager.
I’ve been playing around recently to bring back my old favorite, but with a healthy twist. I left out the white sugar and added nutritious ingredients, like coconut oil, almonds, pecans, dates, and dark chocolate.
You can even add protein powder! In my revised version … bonus, no baking is required!
This does not taste like a “healthy” treat. You will not feel deprived at all. I promise!
Healthy No-Bake Treats
First, you should know these freezer snacks require no baking. Thus, you will be able to hide them in the freezer for you and you alone!
Or if you want to share with others, you can ration as you please, because who will think to look in the freezer? Right. Nobody.
Fast and Easy Bar Recipe
Second, I made this version in a bar form because it is uber quick. You do not need to run out and buy a fancy pan though.
You could literally spread the bars out with the palm of your hand or a spoon on waxed paper! Or you could also use your trusty 8 x 8 inch Glass Pyrex Pan. This recipe is very flexible!
The fancy Wilton Non-Stick Tart Pan is super quick too, and a tad prettier. These pans give all desserts an upgrade. I’ve used mine for quiche, fruit tarts, pecan pie bars, and brownies.
What I really love the most though, is the bottom pops out so your dessert is so easy to remove. You will love it! Sorry, I digress.
I do need to mention the obvious highlights of this recipe, dark chocolate, and sea salt. Yes, an AMAZING pair.
I ordered the good stuff, Fleur de Sel French Sea Salt from William Sonoma. I’d read the rave reviews about it for a long time and finally pulled the trigger. Try it, you will not be sorry. It’s not cheap so I save it to finish special dishes and treats.
Another highly rated sea salt is Le Saunier De Camargue Fleur De Sel available from Amazon. But don’t despair, you can also use the salt you have on hand to achieve that delicious salty-sweet flavor.
I also use Lily’s Dark Chocolate Baking Chips in this recipe. I absolutely love the taste and that it is sweetened with stevia!
Are Dates Good for You?
Besides dark chocolate, this recipe uses dates for sweetness. Dates are a natural sweetener and contain vitamins and minerals that are good for you when consumed in moderation.
The sugar found in dates is called fructose. It is a particularly damaging form of sugar. Fructose has been found to cause inflammation, deplete minerals, and cause other stresses in the body.
In other words, if you eat too many, they can be bad for your health and your waistline. Just remember to eat and use dates in moderation.
Stay mindful of how much sugar you consume. For more info, check out my post on sugar, The Negative Effect of Sugar on The Body.
So, what do you say? Shall we begin? Here’s what you need to make this recipe.
Healthy Oatmeal Bars Shopping List
Salted Almonds or Almonds & Salt either work great!
Oatmeal gluten-free or regular
Medjool Dates I buy at Costco
Coconut Oil I buy at Trader Joe’s
Dark Chocolate Chips I buy Lily’s
Sea Salt for finishing
I hope you enjoy these healthy oatmeal bars as much as I do. Let me know if you make them in the comments below.
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