Healthy chocolate truffle oat bars are no bake and just 5 ingredients! Perfect for a nutritious breakfast bar or afternoon energy booster. High in protein from seed butter, mood-boosting magnesium and other nutrients. Dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar-free!
Chocolate Truffle Oat Bars
My chocolate truffle oat bars are especially fun because no mold is needed, and of course no baking. Just mix, press into a loaf pan, pour on chocolate, chill and you have a healthy candy bar. They are similar to a granola bar although much softer and with an explosion of chocolate.
Ingredients in My Chocolate Truffle Oat Bars
1. Rolled Oats. So high in fiber, protein and other nutrients.
2 Sunflower Seed Butter. High in protein and other nutrients. I love Sunbutter brand. Of course you can use a nut butter if you prefer.
3. Medjool dates. Full of fiber and iron. Or maple syrup if you don't want to deal with dates.
4. Cocoa powder and dark chocolate. Unsweetened chocolate powder or cacao powder and dark chocolate, both are zippy high in fiber and mood-boosting magnesium.
Sunflower Seed Butter is awesome because it is nut-free of course, but also provides an amazing array of nutrients, including zinc and folate.
Rolled oats are perfect to add fiber and help keep this recipe gluten-free and nut-free and gives the oat bar structure.
As an aside, I want to tell you that I demonstrate how to make similar bars in my chocolate treat email course. Five lessons hit your inbox with detail on how to create your own simple healthy chocolate desserts.
Okay, so back to this recipe...
If you prefer a similar bar without the sunflower seed butter or nut butter, check out my homemade protein bars.
How to Make Chocolate Truffle Oat Bars
- Step 1: Make date paste. You'll need some dates. I love this brand of Medjool dates.
Soak them overnight in water, pit them, and blend up with water. This is date paste. Measure out what you need and refrigerate the rest for a week to use as a healthy sweetener for desserts or smoothies or coffee, or even a glaze for desserts and ice cream. I have a more detailed date paste post here - how to make date paste recipe - if you want to know more about this wonderful healthy sweetener. Once you have date paste, follow these steps:
- Step 2: Microwave seed or nut butter for 30 seconds to make is soft. Add it to a bowl.
- Step 3:To the same bowl, add the date paste and milk. And stir. Then add the oats, salt and cocoa and stir.
- Step 4: Press mixture into a parchment-lined loaf pan.
- Step 5: Melt the chocolate and pour on top, drizzle some warm seed butter on top, and use a toothpick to make a design.
- Step 6: Chill in freezer for one hour.
- Step 7: Cut and serve, store frozen or refrigerated.
Tips & Substitutions
1. Make sure you use a seed butter or nut butter that is natural and made of just nuts and oil. If using sunflower seed butter, Sunbutter brand is the best brand.
2. You can use maple syrup instead of dates if you find them hard to come by and don't want to make date paste. Just be sure to use ¼ cup maple syrup instead of the date paste. The batter will be a bit more sticky so you might want to chill it a bit longer for a clean cut.
3. To cut the chilled bars, dip the knife in boiling hot water, wipe it dry, and then press the point and then edge of the knife on the chocolate for a moment to melt a cut before then pressing down to avoid the chocolate breaking.
Why Use Sunflower Seed Butter in Recipes
Peanut butter is an awesome food, but if you have nut allergies, not so much. That's why I like to create nut-free and allergy-free desserts with sunflower seed butter.
Sunflower seeds are healthy as you can see from this article from Time Magazine. They are full of protein, fiber, zinc, folate and vitamin B6, and vitamin E. Sunflower seeds are also loaded with B complex vitamins, essential for the healthy nervous system, and also supply iron, phosphorus, and zinc.
The USA brand SunButter is my favorite sunflower seed brand. Their version is free of the top 8 allergens, namely peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soybeans.
Of course, if you don't have sunflower seed butter, you can replace it with any natural nut butter you choose.
Q&A for Oat Bars
Are oat bars healthy?
Yes, oat bars made with just rolled oats, seed butter, dates and cocoa have all the nutrition you need to energize. Oats provide protein and fiber, so does the sunflower seed butter, dates have iron and fiber and cocoa is high in magnesium to help with mood and sleep.
What are the healthiest nut bars?
The healthiest nut bars are homemade, and if you need it to be nut-free, this recipe is perfect because of the sunflower seed butter.
What makes granola bars stick together?
The binder in this recipe is the dates, but you can use maple syrup if you prefer.
What happens if you eat too many granola bars?
Typically it is recommended you not eat too many granola bars because they are often high in fats and sugar. Not my oat bar! Just 5 gms of sugar and 10 of healthy fats, healthy from sunflower seeds (or nuts) and the sugar is from whole dates so not processed, and absolutely no refined sugar.
Try My Other Healthy Chocolate Treats
Homemade Nut Butter in Chocolate Cups
Chocolate Bark Recipe with Nutella
Homemade Protein Bars
Chocolate Protein Bars
Vegan White Chocolate
Chocolate Quinoa Scotcheroos
Chocolate Covered Chickpea Snack
Butternut Squash Fudge Recipe
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Chocolate Truffle Oat Bars
- Make date paste by soaking 1 cup or 8 Medjool dates in plain water for a few hours, or boiling for 2 minutes. Pit and blend with ½ cup of water to make a paste.
- Melt sunflower seed butter in microwave for 30 seconds until melted.
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper handing over the sides.
- Measure out all ingredients.
Make the Oat Bars
- Put melted sunflower seed butter into a mixing bowl.
- Add the date paste, milk and stir. You can use maple syrup instead of date paste, just use ¼ cup instead of ⅓ cup.
- Then pour in the oats, salt and cocoa and fold.
- Press mixture into the pan. Press with spoon to even top.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes while you make chocolate top.
Make Chocolate Top
- Prepare chocolate top by melting the chips and seed butter in a pyrex measuring cup and microwave for 1 minute.
- Pour on top of chilled oat bar in pan.
- Top with chips or drizzle more melted sunflower seed butter over the chocolate. Use a tooth pick or a sharp knife to create the swirl effect.
- Chill until the chocolate is set - about 1 hour in the refrigerator, then slice into 8 squares.
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for 4 days.
This post is sponsored by Sunbutter. My opinions are my own.