Originally posted 28/04/2015
These squares are my favourite things to make when I fancy some homemade treats but can’t be bothered to switch on the oven and create lots of washing up, or when I want something yummy that’s not as heavy as cake.
They really couldn’t be easier to whip up and the salty crunchiness of the peanut butter goes amazingly well with the sweet honey and chocolate chips.
Although I wouldn’t call these creations ‘healthy’, they’re certainly a bit less sinful than a doorstop of frosted cake or a big gooey chocolate cookie. Having said that, they’re so ridiculously moreish that I find myself unable to stop at just one and could happily devour an entire batch in one sitting – and that definitely doesn’t constitute a guilt-free snack!
These squares are dairy-free (if you use ‘proper’ dark chocolate with a high cocoa content that doesn’t contain milk – check the label), and can be made vegan by using vegan-friendly chocolate and substituting the honey for maple syrup.
INGREDIENTS – makes approx. 15 squares
- 300g/10.5 oz oats
- 240g/8.5 oz crunchy peanut butter
- 120g/4 oz honey
- 60g/2 oz dark chocolate chips
- Pinch of salt
- Line a rectangular cake tin with baking parchment or clingfilm.
- Place the peanut butter and honey in a saucepan and stir on a low heat until smooth and melted together.
- Pour in the oats, chocolate chips and salt and mix with a wooden spoon until all the oats are covered.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and press down with the wooden spoon to form an even layer.
- Place in the fridge to set for a minimum of 1 hour before slicing into squares with a sharp knife.