No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars

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I’m definitely not the only person who’s figured this out, but no-bake recipes are truly the bomb.  If something is no-bake it’s almost guaranteed to be less work, definitely less risky (you can’t burn anything or forget about something for too long!), and no-bake treats require an equal, if not decreased, required patience time before you can eat your goodie! Sounds like a win-win-win to me.

I found a scrumptious looking no-bake recipe on the interwebs yesterday that called for lots of chocolate chips, coconut, and dried fruit- none of which did I have. Thus, I took some inspiration from that original recipe, omitted the fruit and coconut, replaced almost all of the chocolate chips with butterscotch chips and cocoa powder, and added salt and crushed pretzel pieces for a little crunch and flavor!

I was worried the pretzels would get soft while chilling, but they maintained their crunch, making this dish one I am very proud of! Whip this together and store it in your fridge for all those moments when you need something a little sweet, or just something to hold you over until the next meal. I promise you, no-bakes are the bomb.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • ½ cup coconut oil (no substitute, it’s what gives it a creamy texture and flavor!)
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 rounded teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/8 – ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3-5 large pretzel rods

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, melt together the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil, stirring until completely blended.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the chocolate and butterscotch chips until melted.
  3. Stir in the oats, salt, and cocoa powder.
  4. Break the pretzel rods into small pieces- you can either use your hands or pulse the pretzel rods in a slap chop or food processor for just a few seconds.  They should not be so finely ground that you cannot feel their crunch! It’s ok to let them be larger!
  5. Spread into a 13 x 9 inch or 8 x 8 inch pan (depending on how thick you want your bars! I used an 8 x 8) and refrigerate until hardened, about an hour.

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Notes and Tis!

  • Store in the refrigerator
  • Gluten free? Use gluten-free oats!
  • Inspired by: New Nostalgia
  • If you like this recipe, check out these other delicious treats from ‘a rented kitchen!’:

No-Bake Energy Bites

I think one of my favorite things to cook ever is snacks. I love snacks! I love having something quick, already prepared, and healthy to munch on as I go through the course of my day.  I have made a couple different granola bars as a result of this snack loving, but today I am bringing you something new, different, and entirely glorious. These little no-bake energy bites are not only super easy to prepare, but they’re versatile, healthy, and so yummy! This ingredient combination is my favorite way to make these energy bites, but feel free to adjust the recipe as you please. If you are allergic to something or prefer to use a different ingredient, go for it! The biggest thing to pay attention to is consistency- if you feel the mix gets too dry, add more peanut butter or honey. If the mix is too moist or runny, add more oats or rice cereal.  Whatever way you choose to do it, I’m confident you cannot mess these little guys up. They’re too good! Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • ½ cup ground flaxseed (or wheat germ)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (I used a variety of dark, semi-sweet, and butterscotch just for fun!)
  • ½ cup Peanut Butter
  • ½ cup Rice Krispy Cereal
  • 1/3 cup honey

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix completely (you may have to really work it!).
  2. Allow to chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator (not necessary, but helps in forming the balls).
  3. Roll the dough into balls, whatever size you like, and store in an airtight refrigerated container.
  4. Enjoy!

Notes and Tips!:

  • Adapted from ‘Gimme Some Oven’ food blog
  • Yield: 20-25 balls
  • Tip: do not substitute agave in for all of the honey, the other ingredients need the consistency of honey to help hold together.
  • Potential additional add-ins: chopped dried fruit (dates, apricots, etc), chopped nuts, other grains, or dried berries (cherries, cranberries, etc).
  • If you like this recipe you also should check out Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars and my Homemade Clif Bars!