Dark Chocolate “nutella” oatmeal bars

I have discovered these sinful bars. They were supposed to be cookies, but with the texture I got I thought it would be better to press them down and then cut into bars. It was still like eating cookies (square cookies!). These are just cooked on the stove top and then the oats are mixed in before pressing down. Very simple! Just have the oats measured out and a baking sheet covered in wax paper ready to go before starting.

The mix of hazelnut butter and cocoa (plus carob powder) created the nutella flavor I had been looking for! I’m allergic to dairy and, of course us PCOS ladies shouldn’t be using processed sugars so, these are made with some coconut sugar and stevia.

The coconut oil helps to reduce the amount of nut butter you would normally need in a nut butter cookie. I added cinnamon to these and it was a wonderful addition (who doesn’t love cinnamon?). I used the recipe from Jay’s baking me crazy’s recipe on the Golden Barrel website.

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(Photo courtesy of Jay’s baking me crazy and Golden Barrel.)

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You add all of the ingredients except the vanilla and oats. Like in the above photo (courtesy of Golden Barrel and Jay’s baking me crazy). I substituted hazelnut butter instead of peanut butter. I also used 1/4 c cocoa powder and 1/4 c carob powder (I wanted a dark chocolate flavor). Another substitution was 1 cup coconut sugar and 1/2 tsp of stevia (instead of 2 c raw sugar) and oh boy were they sweet! Next time, I will try 1/2 c of coconut sugar and 1/2 tsp stevia and see how they turn out.

 

Ingredients

3 1/4 c oats (measured out and set aside)

1/2 c coconut oil (it’s currently winter so I used 1/4-1/2 c solid coconut oil)

1/2 c Hazelnut butter (or really any nut butter of choice, Jay used peanut)

1/2 c Almond milk (or any milk of choice, add a little extra if including my additions)

1 c Coconut sugar (This is still VERY SWEET!)

1/4 tsp Stevia

1/4 c Cocoa powder

1/4 c Carob powder (optional)

1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt

1 tsp vanilla (I used 1/2 tsp vanilla powder)

1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. Measure out the oats in a bowl and set aside. Cover a baking sheet with wax paper and set on the counter.
  2. In a large sauce pan combine everything from coconut oil to salt.
  3. Turn on the heat and cook on Medium (no higher) stir constantly until a rolling boil.
  4. Set the timer for 4 minutes and constantly stir, scraping down the sides and bottom regularly.
  5. Once the 4 minutes are up turn off the heat and remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Add the vanilla and stir quickly.
  7. Add the cinnamon and stir quickly
  8. Add the oats and stir till well combined
  9. Spread out the mix on the baking sheet and press down. Once cool cut into squares. At this point you can eat a few squares (It was delicious with almond milk poured over it) Or, you can place them in a tupperware wrapped in wax paper and chilled. They are delicious in a solid form!

Enjoy!

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