Friday, October 24, 2014

chocolate PB chip oat bars [vegan +GF]

I was going to do a video blog but then decided that the video could wait.

Because this recipe couldn't.

You might be surprised to know I don't really love to cook. I don't hate it, but I like to eat a whole lot more. But I do love to bake.

I mean...I LOVE to bake.
This week I whipped up spiced applesauce oatmeal bread, another batch of PB banana chocolate chip cookies and these PB chip chocolate banana oat bars.

And ya'll, I'm not trying to toot my own horn, but for a snack worthy bar that's good for you...these are GOOD.

It all started when I eyed these PB chips at Trader Joe's on Sunday. I usually don't buy PB chips because all the brands out there have trans fat in them and ain't nobody got time for trans fat.

But when I spied these I knew something would come to fruition this week. I love baking with oat flour because of its slight sweetness and doughiness. Oat flour makes the gooiest, doughiest baked goods and if you love that texture (I do!) you'll love these bars.

I tend to always have bananas on hand that are overripe and perfect for baking. You'll want bananas that are almost black!

These bars are super chocolately, moist and sweet- but not too sweet. Can you imagine smearing them with a little PB for an afternoon snack? Insanity. And the PB chips...ohhhh, the PB chips. They are amazing. I'll be stocking up on bags this weekend because they're only seasonal!

And since these bars are vegan + gluten free, you know everyone will eat them. Because we all know if people see vegan + gluten free they're sold. Hats off to the marketing peeps, they know what they're doing.

Whip up a batch of these little fudge babies in under 10 minutes! Then patiently wait another 18 for them to do their thing in the oven.

I brought these to a study session this week and they were inhaled in two point five seconds. Hope you enjoy them too!

Chocolate PB Chip Oat Bars
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 overripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup TJs peanut butter chips

First, line a 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper and then grease the paper with coconut oil. Then, process your oats into a flour using a high powder blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec or you can use a food processor. Next, add your oat flour along with the sugar, cocoa, powder and soda to a bowl. Add the mashed banana, milk, and vanilla and gently stir until almost mixed completely. Fold in your PB chips.

Bake the bars at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until the center is set and cooked through. Remove that bars from the pan by lifting out the parchment paper. Let the bars completely cool before slicing into 16 mini-squares. **I cut them into little bars for easy-eating purposes, but if you're eating them for a snack, you'll need to eat a couple (smear with extra PB for added deliciousness!)