* This is a sponsored post for White’s Oats *
Just 4 ingredients go in to making these No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oat Squares. Smooth homemade peanut butter and chunks of dark chocolate combined with sticky and sweet oats for a little treats that kids, and big kids, are going to love!
Whilst they aren’t super low in calories, there are no crazy ingredients and additives and you can freeze them for portion control. I am a firm believer that most things that you make from home are going to be that little bit healthier, because you can control the ingredients. This is our little way of celebrating World Chocolate Day, which is today.
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Chocolate and peanut butter. It’s a flavour combination of champions and pretty much all that kids would eat if given half the chance. Pretty much all I would eat given half the chance! I still remember the first time I ate peanut butter. I was 10 and we had gone on a 3 week trip driving down the West coast of the US – for a 10 year old from the UK, that was a pretty epic trip. Every place we went to for breakfast had peanut butter on the menu. After my first taste I had it every morning and never got bored. It took a while for peanut butter to become a big thing here in the U.K., but now it has taken over. We tend to make our own Homemade Peanut Butter, because it’s so simple and works out a lot cheaper.
What also makes these a budget friendly, and filling, snack is that the main ingredient is oats. We used White’s Oats, which we have only recently discovered, and now we are huge fans. Think that all oats are created equal? Think again!
White’s have been milling oats at the same site in Tandragee, Northern Ireland for over 175 years, so they know a thing or two about what makes the perfect oat. White’s is part of a growing network of 150 oat growers throughout the British Isles. It is their special relationships with these growers that ensures the best varieties are grown to produce the best tasting and best quality porridge oats.
Oats are a natural superfood. Being 100% wholegrain they are an excellent source of fibre, protein, vitamins and antioxidants. So, in addition to being nutritious and sustaining, they offer the body many positive health benefits.
Pivotal to the research, innovation and ultimate improvement within White’s Oat Agronomy, are Oat Trials. The Trials are a key element of White’s innovative oat research and throughout the growing season a series of ‘farm walks’ with the oat growers take place on sites across the UK. What White’s farm trials and research demonstrates is White’s belief that if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing properly. Thanks to White’s pioneering oat agronomy, every single oat is the absolute best it can be in terms of quality, texture and taste.
(Photo credit: Organic Arable and White’s)
From its humble beginnings in 1841, Whites now has an annual turnover of £12m and process over 26,000 tonnes of oats every year.It is Northern Ireland’s only oat cereal producer and Ireland’s largest oat miller. The company also opporates globally, marketing its products throughout Great Britain, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE, Spain, Russia and China.
The White’s milling process is unique in that it gives the oats a special character in terms of taste and texture, delivering a distinctively nutty texture and creamy taste. This has resulted in numerous Great Taste Awards from the Guild of Fine Foods.
Here at HHH, we have always said that using the best ingredients is so worthwhile. For these delicious No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oat Squares, we used White’s Jumbo Organic Oats and they worked so well. These squares are so simple to make, that even kids can get involved. You can mix it all together with a spoon, but where is the fun in that? I prefer to get my hands in and get all messy, which kids would love to do too.
If you have a peanut allergy but can eat other nuts, then you can easily make this with other nut butters, or even seed butters to make it totally nut free.
Just 4 ingredients go in to making these No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oat Squares. Smooth homemade peanut butter and chunks of dark chocolate combined with sticky and sweet oats.
- 320 g Organic Jumbo Oats (we used White's)
- 170 g Dark chocolate, cut in to small chunks
- 170 g Smooth peanut butter
- 170 ml Pure maple syrup
- In a pan, gently heat the peanut butter until it isn't so stiff and then take off the heat.
- Put the oats into a large bowl with the chunks of chocolate and pour the peanut butter and maple syrup in a mix well.
- Line a 8x8 pan with baking paper and put the mixture in the pan, pressing it down to fill the pan.
- Put the pan in the fridge for 2 hours, then cut in to squares and serve.
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**This No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oat Squares recipe was commissioned by White’s Oats. All opinions are my own**