If you’re from New England you know that this year, we have had the longest winter ever. E-V-E-R! It was never gonna end! Like E-V-E-R! If you weren’t aware, we New Englanders are not the most patient people either, and you could really sense that people around here were getting a bit bitchy. Present company included.
That was until yesterday when it was 90°f. And today when it was 88°f. Oh and humid! Did I mention it was humid too? My husband has already told me I look like Monica. Friends fans remember Monica in Barbados, aka Roseanne Roseannadana. Yeh, you get the picture. It is not a good look for me.
I don’t know what the acceptable time frame is for complaining about it being too friggin cold for the past six months to bitching that it’s already too hot, but I’m thinking one day is acceptable. Because I’m already hot and already cranky. And yes, I have been bitching about it.
I can’t help it. I want/need it to be 70° all year round. And sunny. But not too sunny. Or windy. I hate the wind.
I don’t know why my husband stays with me. The man’s a saint.
But since it’s already hot and I don’t want to turn the oven on, and a girl still needs her chocolate, these bars are the solution. They remind me of a Nestle Chunky® bar. Well a Nestle Chunky® cube, if you want to get all technical about it, because they’re not really a bar at all. I love those things! My Dumpy (aka Grandfather) used to get them for me when I was little and we would eat them before we got home so my grandmother wouldn’t yell at us for ruining our dinner. Creamy milk chocolate, loaded with peanuts and raisins. Nom nom!
These bars have the added benefit of being a bit more healthy by using a darker chocolate (better for your heart, but use milk if that’s your thing), almond and almond butter, honey and healthy old-fashioned oats. Of course you can switch these up however you want. Change the almond butter to peanut butter and peanuts, add coconut or cashews, dried cherries, cranberries or apricots. The sky is the limit really.
I like to keep these around if the chocolate beast rears its ugly head. Especially now that we’re coming into swimsuit season.
Oh dear God! Just writing those words made me throw up a little. I mean, just last week I was comfortably hiding my winter flub under my down jacket. Now I have to get in swimsuit? That shit just isn’t fair! And if that isn’t enough, my feet are totally not sandal ready at the moment, and honestly I’m not sure when the last time I shaved my legs was.
Now I’m really cranky!
No-Bake Chocolate Almond Oat Bars
Easy, no-bake chocolate snack bar loaded with healthy ingredients for a sweet, delicious, satisfying treat that everyone will love.
- 1 cup smooth almond butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 2 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup chopped toasted almonds
- 6 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chopped (about 1¼ cups)
- ¾ cup raisins
- ½ teaspoon coarse salt
Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Line with parchment and leave 2 inches of overhang on 2 sides.
Melt almond butter, honey, and butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often for about 5 minutes stirring frequently.
Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients, stirring until chocolate has melted and ingredients are combined.
Pour mixture into prepared dish and refrigerate until chocolate hardens, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.
Run a knife around edges to loosen an use parchment to lift from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 24 bars, 3 across one side and 8 down other.
Recipe from Martha Stewart