I’m gearing us up for summer with these Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Bars – easy to make and no oven required. This is a no-bake dessert that is perfect for those hot summer days when you don’t want to heat up the house.
Despite what the calendar may say, summer has started, it’s marked by the last day of school. We are four days in and the house is already showing signs of summer fatigue: The tables and shelves are dusty from the front door never being closed. The daily dish pile looks like a Jenga tower—because, why do kids get a new glass every time they get a drink? Am I the only one that uses the same one the whole day—water, orange juice, Coke—its one glass that’s rinsed out between drinks. But the most crazy thing, my daily to-do list is already reaching OUT OF CONTROL status.
It’s only day four of the 11-week school break. What the hella?
But things are about to get better with the most loathsome chore on my to-do list: laundry. My little guy, who just turned 10, is going to learn how to do his own laundry this summer. Whoo-hoo!
To celebrate, I’m going to have these bars ready for him after his first successful load. We are starting this weekend, so if anyone has tips for how to get your kids to happily do their own laundry, let me know in the comment section.
A few recipe notes:
- For this recipe, make sure to drain all the oil on top of the almond butter. Do not mix it in. You want the almond butter to be as thick as possible.
- You don’t have to use toasted coconut, but it does add more flavor to the bars. Instructions for how to make toasted coconut is at the bottom at the end of the recipe.
No-bake Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Bars
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 21/2 cups rolled oats
- 2/3 cup toasted sweetened coconut**
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup almond butter (make sure to drain all the oil on top - do not mix it in)
- 1 Cup chopped pecan
- Preparation: Line an 8x8 pan with a parchment sling. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and brown rice syrup. Heat over low-heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and salt.
- Add the oats and coconut. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Evenly divide mixture in half and set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and almond butter (make sure that the almond butter the oil on top of the almond butter is drained and not stirred in). Heat on high in 30-second bursts, stirring in between each burst, until mixture is melted and fully combined.
- To assemble: Press one half oat mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Pour chocolate mixture over oats, press pecans into chocolate layer, then top with remaining oats.
- Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours, or until set. Time will vary according to refrigerator setting and how full refrigerator is.
**To toast the coconut: Spread coconut onto a baking a sheet and bake at 375 F until golden, about five minutes. Make sure to stir half way through to toast the coconut evenly. This can be completed up to five days in advance and kept in a tightly sealed container once cooled.
Liz S. says
Perfect celebratory treat! 🙂
Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says
Is he gonna fold it and put it away too? Because that’s the part I totally loathe! Wish someone would give me these bars as a reward haha 😉
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Way to go Cole! He can cook AND do his own laundry?! He’ll be scooped up quick when he gets a bit older! These bars are the perfect reward Naomi!
Gaby Dalkin says
What a perfect and easy summer treat!
Kevin @ Closet Cooking says
These bars look so good!
Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says
Well, slap me silly because these are going to be actioned all summer long!!!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
Hang in there!! And makemore of these bars! My kids are out
On Friday!! Hooray for summer!
Jennifer Farley says
These are calling my name!
These bars look amazing! What a great summer treat!
Good for you, teaching him how to do his laundry! My boys learned around that age too.
Funny, when I was a child, (back in the stone age) I learned on a ‘ringer washer.’ Never
once got fingers or arms caught in it!
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says
I could live off coconut, oats and chocolate. So, all in one? These are my DREAM food!
I would love to make these, but I just ran the numbers and wow!For each bar: Pro: 8.46; Fat: 36.81; carb minus the fiber is 24.17 and calories per bar is 443.75. I am trying to figure out how to make these lower in everything. Any ideas? These figures already show me tweeking a bit – I left out the coconut and pecans and substituted almonds.
Traci | Vanilla And Bean says
Hooray for laundry chores! I hope that lightens your load Naomi….. I can’t stop staring at these luscious bars! Come To Mamma!!
These look addicting!
Such pretty styling and these sound incredible! 🙂
Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper says
These sound AMAZING!!! So much flavor and health packed into one bar…loving it. 🙂
Is is ok to substitute the Brown rice syrup with maple syrup?
I’m not sure why but my son started doing his own laundry when he was in junior high school. I never asked why, I just thanked the Laundry Gods.
Kelly Senyei @ Just a Taste says
These look absolutely delicious, Naomi! I could eat them all summer long!
Kevin | Keviniscooking says
These look outstanding… I’d even do a load for you! Killer styling on the photos, too. 🙂
Power pack bars. So Yummy and perfect for cravings.
Deepak Shukla says
Prefect celebration Treat, I Like Chocolate. Your Recipe is Really True and Useful For Making at home.
Thanks For Sharing information!!!…………..
Mohit mittal says
Hey, thanks for sharing this information. What an amazing coconut oatmeal chocolate bars recipe. I will definitely try this recipe at my bakery.