This nutritious no bake chocolate chip almond oat bar recipe is the perfect healthy snack or dessert. They’re easy to make, packed with good for you ingredients, and just sweet enough.
Does anyone else look forward to their daily snacks? It can’t be just me! As a Registered Dietitian, I’m all about including healthy snacks in your diet between meals to satisfy cravings, ward off hunger, and give you a boost of energy.
I have big sweet tooth, so give me any sweet yet healthy snack and I am happy. Some of my favorite sweet snacks include energy balls, fresh fruit, dates stuffed with nut butter, and now these no bake chocolate chip almond oat bars. They’re so good!
Ingredients in no bake chocolate chip almond oat bars
Here is everything you need to make these bars:
Old fashioned rolled oats – I don’t recommend using steel cut or quick oats, because these would alter the texture of the bars.
Then, add the wet ingredients – almond butter and maple syrup. Stir everything up again so the dry ingredients are well coated in the wet ingredients.
Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan lined with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet. Pop the pan in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to let everything harden up.
Remove from the pan and cut into bars. Drizzle melted chocolate over each bar and put them back in the fridge for a few minutes to allow the chocolate to harden (optional step). Enjoy!
Store leftover bars in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. I like to put a piece of parchment paper between each layer of bars in the container to prevent them from sticking together.
Oats nutrition benefits
Oats are a highly nutritious whole grain food. They are a good source of dietary fiber, especially the soluble fiber beta-glucan. This type of fiber is linked to reduced risk of heart disease because it can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.
Hemp hearts, or hemp seeds, pack a ton of nutrition. They’re rich in unsaturated fat, including essential omega-3 fatty acids. Three tablespoons of hemp hearts provides:
1.2 grams of fiber
10 grams of protein
1.6 grams of monounsaturated fat
11.4 grams of polyunsaturated fat
Hemp hearts are also a good source of iron and zinc, and an excellent source of magnesium.
Flax nutrition benefits
Flax seeds are another seed full of nutritional benefits. Flax is rich in vitamins and minerals, fiber, and protein. If you don’t eat fish, flax seeds are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. One tablespoon of flax provides:
1.3 grams of protein
1600 mg ALA omega-3 fatty acids
2 grams of fiber
Tip: Ground flax seeds are easier to digest, as our bodies cannot break down the tough outer shell of flax seeds. If you buy whole flax seeds, you can grind them yourself in a coffee bean grinder or blender.
Almonds nutrition benefits
Almonds have an impressive nutrient profile – both whole almonds and almond butter. A small handful of almonds (about one ounce) provides:
3.5 grams of fiber
6 grams of protein
9 grams of heart healthy monounsaturated fat
An excellent source of magnesium, manganese, and vitamin E
Almonds are also rich in antioxidants which help fight inflammation and keep our cells healthy. Most of the antioxidants in almonds can be found in the skin.