The other day I ran across a super quick and simple no-bake dessert square on Facebook. The only issue with the original recipe* was that it used butter. I guess there was one more problem — it asked for brown sugar and I’m out at the moment. It looked so good that I wanted to make it right away, so here you have my quick and easy adaptation that drops the dairy and uses a little bit more Canadian flavours.
In a medium pan heat the following:
- 3/4 cups coconut oil
- 3/4 cups maple syrup (you can start with 1/2 a cup like I did, and then add a little more if the liquid seems needed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of salt (do this to taste, I ended up adding more than the 1/4 teaspoon the original recipe called for)
Once the liquid is simmering, gradually add in 3 cups of large flake oats. I added them one cup at a time. Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes. Optionally, take a moment prior and toast the oats in a frying pan — I’ll be doing this next time.
For the chocolatey part, in the microwave in 30 second increments, melt 1 cup of chocolate chips (you’ll want to make sure you’re buying these vegan as well) with 1 cup of peanut butter. The original recipe called for crunchy, and that it what I prefer, but I suspect smooth would be fine. Please note that I use natural peanut butter so there is no sugar or sweetener added. This might impact your flavour if you use a different type. (I also just imagined how good this might be with almond butter!!!)
Once both parts are ready, grease your baking dish (this recipe fits into an 8×8 pan). Put half of the oats in the bottom, and then add most of the chocolate peanut butter mix, reserving a bit to drizzle over the top. smooth out the chocolate, and gently add the remaining oat mixture on top, then drizzle.
The original recipe called for this to spend the next few hours in the fridge. This is especially important when it comes to using coconut oil, as it needs to be cool to remain firm. Pop this in the fridge for a few hours, and then slice. Mine made about 16 squares, but they really could have been a bit smaller and perhaps come out to 20.
*Original recipe from Tip Hero here.