Now that I’m back to work (you know, for one whole day) I’ve been trying to prep lots of meals ahead for lunches and dinner. For lunch this week I made soup (recipe coming next week…it’s a GOOD one!) and a chicken and veggie quinoa casserole (another recipe coming soon!) and prepped a pot roast for the slow cooker for my first day back at work.
There’s not much better than coming home from a long day of work to a hot meal in the slow cooker, is there? I suppose if there was a pan of brownies in the oven too and a glass of wine waiting for me, that would be pretty nice too.
Along with the meals, I knew I was definitely going to need some snacks to get me through my work day. Last week this snack was my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oat Bars but this week it’s another new favorite treat: No Bake (!!!) Peanut Butter Chia Granola Bars.
These are definitely going to be on my go-to list of easy snacks. They are super quick and simple to throw together and get bonus points for being no-bake. And while I made them into bars, they would definitely work as energy bites too, you would just roll them into balls.
Can we talk about how these are able to be no-bake? I’ve made my share of no-bake granola bars before, only to have them falling apart when I try to cut them into bars. No bueno.
In this recipe, the addition of coconut oil and chia really binds everything together together and, especially when kept cold, they will cut perfectly into solid bars. I made these in a 9×9″ pan which, as you can see, resulted in pretty thick bars. If you prefer thinner bars, I would make them in a 9×13″ pan.
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup ground or whole flaxseed
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup coconut oil measured melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- In large bowl combine oats, flaxseed, chia seeds, and coconut.
- In medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, and vanilla.
- Pour over oat mixture and stir well.
- Spray 9x9" for thicker bars or 9x13" for thinner bars with cooking spray.
- Spread mixture into pan and press firmly down. I sprayed my hands with cooking spray to do this so the mixture wouldn't stick to my hands.
- Refrigerate for two hours, then cut into bars.