Monday, September 5, 2016

No-bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Snack Squares

Treats that don't require time in the oven are perfect for warm weather cooking. These no-bake peanut butter-chocolate snack squares are easy to whip up and, as the name suggests, don't require any cooking. With healthy ingredients like natural peanut butter, ground flax seed and oats, this treat is one you can feel good about indulging in.

No-bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Snack Squares

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter (if your peanut butter contains no salt, add a small amount of salt to the mixture)

1) Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine oats, flax seed, chopped chocolate and cinnamon. 

2) In a separate bowl or large mixing cup, stir together the maple syrup and peanut butter. If stiff, microwave for 15 seconds and stir well; allow to cool a minute.

3) Stir wet ingredients into dry mixture until fully combined and no dry spots remain. Drizzle in a tiny bit of maple syrup, if needed, to moisten the dry spots; stir to combine. 

4) Spread mixture into lined pan and use wet hands to press down firmly into an even layer. Be sure to press firmly and evenly to avoid having crumbly bars.

5) Place pan in refrigerator 4 to 6 hours before slicing into squares. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

Check out this Pinterest board for more gluten-free treats!

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