This recipe needs to start out with the warning: Make at your own risk! You cannot eat just one or two. Or three. And if you can, I would like to have your willpower! Although I will justify these for breakfast or a lazy lunch. They have oats, honey, coconut oil, shredded coconut, brown sugar and dark chocolate… can we just say it’s a new way of eating oatmeal?
These little pieces of heaven remind me of no bake cookies, but a million times better. They were simple and took me hardly any time to make. No baking required to enjoy these chewy little squares.
I planned on replacing the brown sugar with coconut sugar, but I only remembered that after they were finished. If you are looking to keep sugar to a minimum, go ahead and use the coconut sugar. It’s a great alternative to any recipe calling for brown sugar.
So get in the kitchen this week and make these. But be nice and share with others… if you can.
Chocolate Covered Coconut Oatmeal Squares
Recipe from HowSweetEats.com
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups shredded, sweetened coconut
1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed (or coconut sugar)
pinch of salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup coconut oil (measured solid)
1/4 cup honey
Spray a 9×9 pan with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut, brown sugar and salt. Heat a small saucepan over low heat and add butter and coconut oil, stirring until melted. Add the butter and oil to the oat mixture, then add the honey and stir very thoroughly until the entire mix is moistened. Press it into the pan and stick in the fridge for 15 minutes.
8 ounces good-quality chocolate, chocolate
2 tablespoons coconut oil (measured solid)
Using the same saucepan that you melted the butter and oil in, add the chocolate and oil and stir over low heat until melted. Remove the pan from the fridge and pour the chocolate evenly over top, spreading with a spatula or spoon. Place back in the fridge for about 30 minutes. When ready to eat, either cut the squares in the pan, or gently lift the square out and place on a cutting board to cut. It helps if the bars somewhat come to room temp before cutting, as they will slightly crumble a bit if super cold!
What is your favorite no bake sweet treat to make?
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