I get it, you are done with the heat and there is no way you are turning on the oven to get anything freshly baked. I know some of you are dealing with some pretty intense summer heat right now and your AC is working overtime just to keep you from melting away.
If you love to have fresh baked food, but can’t fathom heating up the house, the no-bake is your best option. These Almond Oat Cherry Chocolate Energy Bars are not only energy boosting, but a breath of fresh baked goodness, without the heat.
We all have a lot on our plates and pulling good and wholesome food together can seem overwhelming, but not with this recipe. This is a cinch to make because it all mixes in one bowl. Those are my favorite. Not only do I despise doing dishes, but I also don’t like things to be overly complicated. I always say that if things are too hard, they are not meant to be. I definitely apply this to my cooking.
The ingredients in this are all things I usually have on hand. If you don’t have almond flour, I wouldn’t suggest swapping that out with regular flour – it won’t work the same. You could use any nut flour, although I love the taste of almond flour. You could also use any dried fruit you have on hand. I LOVE dried cherries, so those make an appearance in a lot of my energy bars.
These are best when kept cold. The coconut oil helps to hold it all together and does its best work when its cold. I like to keep a batch of these in the fridge for a quick snack during the day and they also make fantastic swim meet food for my kids. Carbs, protein, and fat all in one easy bite.
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup almond flour
- ½ cup almond butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup dried cherries
- ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
- Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl
- In a 9x9 baking dish or pan, pour out energy bar mix into the pan
- Press down until firm and refrigerate for 2 hours or more
- Cut into individual bars and store in fridge until ready to eat