Thursday, November 25, 2010

No bake chocolate oat squares/balls recipe

WARNING: do not continue reading if you have no willpower. This dessert is so simple and tasty - you can be literally in and out of the kitchen in a few minutes with a tasty treat in your hands...

The recipe is a variation of the Swedish chocolate balls and the American (?) oat squares. It is really delicious, and perhaps relatively healthy as well. The key ingredients, rolled oats and cocoa are very healthy, almost considered super foods, butter, coffee and syrup are relatively healthy and lets not talk about sugar. 

In addition to being really simple to make and delicious, another weakness is that it is almost impossible to screw it up, unless you are really adamant in doing so. I make it without following the recipe since its easy to adjust as you go along. 

The recipe is quite versatile. If you are feeling in a healthy mood, use less butter, or substitute with oil. If you use less butter the mixture will be dry. You won't be able to form squares or balls but its delicious served in a bowl with a spoon, as an ice cream topping or as crumble over fruits. 

300 ml rolled oats
100 grams butter or margarine
50ml sugar
1 tablespoon dark or golden syrup
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon instant coffee
Optional topping: Dessicated coconut or grated chocolate
    • Mix butter, sugar, syrup, cocoa and coffee
    • Add rolled oats and mix well
    • Put mixture into a cake tin and press down, or form into balls 
    • Sprinkle dessicated coconut or grated chocolate and press down lightly
    • Chill for 1-2 hours
    • Slice and serve


    1. They sound delicious (I suppose the lack of photo means they were finished too quickly ;-)
      I might surprise you, but since I was a child I have been making no-bake chocolate and oat balls, which are also as easy as yours. I have to post the recipe one day. Throughout the years I have modified it to obtain what I really prefer.

    2. Sissi: really looking forward to seeing your post, I love no bake stuff and curious to see what modifications you have made

    3. This sounds delicious!! I may have to make this myself.

    4. Sounds simple to make and totally delish! It's hard to go wrong with choco and golden syrup? Anyone tried halving the butter and replacing with oil? I don't know if it'll work in a 'no-bake' scenario. Would love toi try - sounds really yummy and great lunch box snack and picnic food too ...thank you

    5. Love these simple oats bars. I would omit the coffee, and also add chocolate chips into the mixture. Sounds delish. Will try!
      Thanks for sharing:DDD

    6. these sound lovely though i wish there was a picture!


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