Seriously Yummy Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars

Thursday night I did my first Krav Maga class, which is basically a combo of self-defense/boxing/martial arts. It was a ton of fun and I learned a lot, but I’m still sore…what a workout! The most fun part was wearing boxing gloves and just punching the daylights out of a bag, talk about a stress reliever! I signed up to try cardio kickboxing next Thursday, which the instructor told me burns 1,000 calories a class – wish me luck ūüôā

During the blizzard earlier in the week I figured I had no choice but to stay in and whip up a yummy dessert.¬†Luckily I had stocked up on all the ingredients beforehand! These were so easy to make and are seriously so good. Just be careful; at about 350 calories each, you can’t get away with eating too many! However, they are packed with healthy fats (from the coconut and peanut butter), very filling (high in fiber and protein), and require only¬†a few ingredients. Who said clean eating has to be boring?

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Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars

Adapted From: Money Saving Mom

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup wildflower honey (made by my very own friend Bill and his bees!)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (could substitute other nuts/raisins)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • coconut oil spray

Directions:

1.) Melt the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil over medium low heat in a saucepan on the stove. Stir continually until fully melted to prevent it from burning.

2.) Once it is all melted together, remove from heat and stir in the oats, cocoa powder, coconut, nuts, and vanilla until well mixed.

3.) Pour into a greased brownie pan or 9 x 13 pan and cool in the fridge (I left it overnight). Remove from brownie wells or cut into bars. Store in the fridge or freezer; they get soft if left at room temp too long!

Nutrition Info (Per bar, from My Fitness Pal):

Calories 355
Fat 26 g (12 g saturated)
Fiber 5 g
Carbs 28 g
Sugars 12 g
Protein 9 g

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Paleo Coconut Cream Carrot Cake Bars

My 30 days of paleo is almost coming to an end! So before I finished I wanted to make another paleo treat, since the chocolate and coconut bites¬†I made a couple weeks ago were delicious (but sadly gone). I had pinned this recipe¬†and decided to replicate it over the weekend. I followed the recipe exactly, except that I decided to make them in my Pampered Chef brownie pan rather than a pie pan so I wouldn’t have to cut it (I’m lazy). So basically they are mini bars! They are also seriously delicious; the crust¬†tastes just like carrot cake and the coconut cream layer has sort of an ice-creamy texture. And no baking required! I put all of the bars in a Tupperware and left them in the freezer, so I just take one out when I want a sweet treat! Each bar is relatively high in calories, but this is mostly from the nuts and coconut milk (good source of fat!) They are also pretty filling, so you certainly won’t need more than one! You could also cut the bars in half for a lower-calorie treat. Enjoy!

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Coconut Cream Carrot Cake Bars

Adapted from: The Diva Dish

Ingredients:

For the crust:

  • 3/4 cup shredded carrot (squeeze all the liquid/water out with a paper towel)
  • 6 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

For the filling:

  • 1 1/2 cup soaked cashews (soaked in water for about an hour and then drained)
  • 1 tbsp¬†vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (make sure you mix the milk in the can before measuring out the milk)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Directions:

1.) Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor until all ingredients are fine and stick together when pressed down. Grease a pie pan or brownie pan with coconut oil spray, then press crust into pan with fingers until packed down.

2.) Combine all filling ingredients into a food processor. Blend until creamy and there are no lumps. Pour on top of prepared crust.

3.)¬†Place in freezer for a few hours to set. Once it sets, remove the bars from the pan with a spatula (unfortunately they didn’t slide right out, but weren’t too hard to remove!) Put bars in a storage container and keep in the fridge or in the freezer for longer storage.

Nutrition Info (Per bar, from My Fitness Pal):

Calories 392
Fat 30 g (14 g saturated)
Fiber 3 g
Carbs 31 g
Sugars 26 g
Protein 6 g