Killer Chocolate Oat Bars

My latest addiction.  Seriously, I HAVE to eat one every day.  It's not just me, my husband has it bad for these scrumptious morsels.  Now, to be clear, we only eat one.  That's plenty.  One square delight is enough to soothe the cocoa fiend within. ;D

HERE'S ALL IT TAKES

  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup almonds, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 heaping cup natural peanut butter
  • 1  1/2 cups rolled oats (old fashion oats)

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk maple syrup, water and cocoa powder together and bring to a boil for 30 seconds.  Make sure there are no cocoa lumps. Remove from heat.

With a spatula, stir in almonds, coconut flakes and peanut butter.  Keep stirring until the peanut butter dissolves into the chocolate syrup.  Stir in rolled oats until they are well coated.

Transfer mixture onto a small baking sheet.  Use spatula to shape the mixture into a rectangle that's about an inch thick. Divide the rectangle into 12 bars. Push the bars an inch apart from one another.

Freeze bars on baking sheet for at least 30 to 45 minutes.  Transfer to an air-tight freezer container or freezer bag.  Keep frozen.  They're better that way. ;D