These no bake Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Oat Squares remind me of a candy bar I loved growing up – “Whatchamacallit bars”. They are easy to make, chewy, and delightful.
It’s starting to warm up where I live. We’ve had a colder winter than normal (like most places, I’m sure). We are at the point where it’s too hot at night to sleep upstairs. My husband is trying avoid turning on the AC. He likes to wait until July. I don’t know about you, but I can’t sleep when its too hot.
I’ve been doing everything I can to keep the house cool. I open the back door at 6AM to let cool morning air in, I try to keep the shades drawn, which makes me feel like a hermit, and I’ve been avoiding the oven as much as possible.
I don’t know about you, but I try to stick to no-bake treats as much as possible in the summer months. If I do need to bake, I do it early in the morning with the windows and back door open. I made these Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Oat Squares a few years ago and just recently decided to give them a revamp. The ingredients are the same for the most part.
The peanut butter combined with honey and coconut oil delivers a treat that most kids (and adults) will love. Add in some chopped nuts or dried fruit to mix things up a bit. If you like a thicker oat square, simply double the recipe. No need to turn on the oven or dirty your kitchen – this is a one bowl/one spoon recipe. If you can’t eat peanut butter you can use another nut or seed butter. My youngest is intolerant to peanuts, so we often use SunButter in this recipe.
You’ll want to keep these Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Oat Squares in the fridge, they get soft if it’s too warm out. You’ll want to eat them cold anyways, they’re tastier that way.