These no-bake chewy snack bars are packed with healthy goodies like peanut butter, honey, dark chocolate, nuts… So tasty and guilt-free!
With the run-up to Christmas and all the deliciously naughty food that comes with it, I thought we may need some of these no-bake healthy chewy snack bars to balance things out… a bit!
I’ve been trying to be more conscious about what I’m eating and making an effort to be more healthy. So I figured a guilt-free, quick, easy snack bar recipe was just what I needed.
After developing my No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake recipe, I really wanted to try another no-bake recipe. And I can say with absolute certainty that there are far fewer calories in these snack bars than my cheesecake!
I really didn’t want to compromise on flavour when considering the ingredients used. I’ve added a touch of cinnamon too which I think works really well here.
I also wanted a mixture of textures to keep them interesting. With ingredients like peanut butter, nuts, honey, fruit and chocolate, there’s a good balance of sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy. I think these can satisfy most cravings!
What makes them healthy?
Firstly, they are sweetened with honey instead of refined sugar, which also helps give them that chewy texture. I’ve added dark chocolate chips in too which give another level of sweetness, plus this helps the bars set more firmly in the fridge!
The rolled oats, almonds, chia seeds and peanut butter are great sources of fibre and protein, as well as several vitamins and minerals. Dried cranberries are also high in fibre and coconut oil is thought to contain healthy saturated fats which can give a good energy boost.
(For those who are interested, by using an online calculator I found that each bar contains 174 calories, 3.9g protein and 2.6g fibre).
Are they gluten and dairy-free?
To the best of my knowledge, by using pure rolled oats and swapping to dairy-free chocolate chips/chopped chocolate, I believe these can then be made gluten and dairy-free!
I’m not experienced in vegan baking so wouldn’t feel comfortable suggesting substitutions for this, but any advice is very welcome!
These are genuinely so easy to make, the hardest part is waiting for them to set in the fridge! I’ve suggested a minimum of two hours chill time but ideally overnight will give the best results to ensure they set really well.
I really love the chewy texture and I can rarely stop at just one square. They are also great for freezing individually to grab as a quick snack as they don’t take very long to defrost.
I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I do!
No-Bake Healthy Chewy Snack Bars
- 140 g rolled oats
- 50 g flaked almonds
- 40 g chia seeds
- 60 g dried cranberries
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 100 ml runny honey
- 100 g smooth peanut butter
- 40 ml coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 50 g dark chocolate chips
- Line a square 8×8 tin with non-stick baking paper or foil lightly greased with cake release spray (I use PMA Release-a-Cake Spray) and set aside.
- To a large bowl add the oats, flaked almonds, chia seeds, dried cranberries, salt and cinnamon. Whisk together to combine and set aside.
- To a small pan add the honey, peanut butter, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Stir with a heatproof spatula continuously on a medium heat until all melted and combined. This should only take about 1-2 minutes.
- Pour this wet mixture into the large bowl of dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine. They will melt but this helps the mixture set firmer as it chills in the fridge.
- Pour this mixture into your foil-lined tin and spread evenly into the corners. Smooth out the top and press down firmly with your spatula – this is very important as the harder you press down the firmer they will set.
- Place the tin in the fridge for at least 2 hours (ideally overnight) to set firmly.
- Store in an airtight container in your fridge, or in a cool environment if you like them slightly softer. They will keep well for a couple of weeks.
- They're also great to freeze – just wrap individually in cling film and get out of the freezer at least 30 mins before for a great healthy snack!