Clean Eating Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Bars

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A “lightened up” version of those classic chocolate oatmeal no bake bars everyone loves so much:




At first glance, traditional chocolate no bake recipes—made with wholesome oatmeal instead of flour—might seem like a healthy choice.

But with half a cup of butter and TWO full cups of refined sugar packed into traditional no bake bar recipes, they’re really not even close! These clean chocolate oatmeal no bake bars offer the perfect healthy alternative:

You get all of the wholesome ingredients without all the extra butter and sugar.

I swapped out the sugar here for pure maple syrup and have also cut way back on the sweetener in general. And I substituted protein-rich peanut butter for the butter.


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The recipe first came about during the Snowpocalypse 2016, when my then-boyfriend and I were trapped in my apartment while the snow relentlessly slammed down outside.

After watching about seven Daredevil episodes in a row, he looked at me and said, “So where are all the famous Chocolate Covered Katie baked goods?”

With no grocery stores open, I took stock of my pantry and pulled out every one of my favorite ingredients that I always have on hand:


Peanut Butter.



Combining so many delicious ingredients into one easy-to-make & heart-healthy dessert was pretty much a guaranteed success right from the start. I formed them into no bake cookie balls and put them on a plate.

The boy proceeded to eat eight of them… So I took that as a good sign!

Then we watched even more Daredevil, and ate pasta with jarred Ragu from 7/11 for dinner.

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And swore we’d never tell anyone.




Oatmeal Chocolate No Bake Bars – Instructions:


Step One:

Prepare an 8-inch pan by lining it with parchment or wax paper.

Stir together the liquid ingredients, then combine with the oats and stir until evenly mixed.

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Step Two:

Smooth into the prepared pan, and press down with a spoon as hard as you can. Really press down as hard as you can.

Transfer the pan to the freezer until the bars are firm enough to cut.

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Step Three:

Slice into bars, and enjoy! Leftovers can be left out at room temperature for a few hours, but for optimum freshness I like to keep them in the fridge or freezer, where they last a few weeks…

If you don’t eat them all first!





Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Bars

Adapted from Peanut Butter No Bake Bars



  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp peanut butter (or allergy-friendly sub)
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp pure maple syrup, honey, or agave
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil (48g)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups quick oats (180g)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
Total Time: 5m
Yield: 9-12 bars


Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment or wax. Set aside. Stir together the first three ingredients. Gently heat until the oil is melted and peanut butter is easily stir-able. Whisk in the vanilla extract and salt, stirring until completely smooth. Stir in the quick oats and cocoa powder until evenly coated. Smooth into the prepared pan, and press down with a spoon as hard as you can. Really pack it in. Freeze until firm enough to cut. Leftovers can stay out a few hours, but I like to keep them in the freezer for optimum freshness, where they last a few weeks.

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20 Healthy Chocolate Breakfast Recipes

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20 delicious & surprisingly wholesome chocolate breakfast recipes – because sometimes, you just wake up craving chocolate!

For those days when you want to be healthy, but you're really craving chocolate for breakfast! Full recipes: @choccoveredkt



If you’re a chocoholic like me, you’ll probably understand what I’m about to write…

No matter how early it is in the morning, in my mind chocolate always sounds like a good idea. If you run into me at 9 am, I’ve probably already eaten chocolate in some form that day.

Thankfully, eating chocolate for breakfast doesn’t have to be a diet derailer or unhealthy indulgence. As the following 20 chocolate breakfast recipes prove, you absolutely can satisfy your inner chocoholic in a healthy way!

coconut banana bread

To make this moist coconut chocolate banana bread, mash four ripe bananas in a large bowl, then stir in 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1/2 cup coconut milk, baking powder, flour, salt, and a splash of vanilla. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Coconut Banana Bread



chocolate overnight oats small

For this healthy brownie batter overnight oatmeal, mix rolled oats with a few pantry staple ingredients in a small container or mason jar the night before. The next morning, just stir everything together for a “no fuss” breakfast that will keep you full for hours.

Here’s the recipe:  Brownie Batter Chocolate Overnight Oats



chocolate blender muffins

Make up a batch of chocolate blender muffins for a super healthy breakfast or snack: Throw a can of black beans into the blender, add some cocoa powder, mashed banana or applesauce, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla, and blend. Portion the batter into muffin tins, bake at 350, and enjoy!

Here’s the recipe: Flourless Chocolate Blender Muffins



pumpkin oats

With Fall just around the corner (yes, it is almost Pumpkin season again), now is the perfect time to bake up a large batch of this melty, gooey chocolate chip pumpkin baked oatmeal. Your entire home will smell like pumpkin pie!

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal



brownie bars

To make these chocolate breakfast bars, add maple syrup, rolled oats, cocoa powder, salt, & vanilla to a food processor. Press into a pan, freeze 1 hour, then slice into bars.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Brownie Breakfast Bars



chocolate chip breakfast cookie

For these wholesome chocolate chip breakfast cookies, stir together a handful of mini chocolate chips, applesauce or banana, and whatever nut butter you want to use. Then add all other ingredients and stir. Shape into cookies, and bake 15 minutes.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies



pb protein bars

If you like the idea of protein powder but never really know quite what to do with it, making a batch of chocolate peanut butter protein bars is the perfect way to use up some of that protein powder hanging out in the back of your kitchen cabinet.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars



chocolate breakfast recipes

Breakfast oatmeal cupcakes are one of the easiest chocolate breakfast recipes you could possibly make – Leftovers can be portioned out and frozen for up to two months, and you just pop one in the oven or microwave and can take it with you on the go.

Here’s the recipe: Breakfast Chocolate Oatmeal Cupcakes – To Go




Any time you find yourself with extra zucchini to use up, simply shred it and add it to your favorite muffin batter, for a sneaky breakfast health boost.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins



no bake protein granola bars

Combine rolled oats, peanut butter, and protein powder to make super-easy & healthy granola bars.

Here’s the recipe:  3 Minute Protein Granola Bars



nutella healthy

Roast hazelnuts in the oven, then blend with cocoa powder, vanilla, and almond extract for a smooth chocolatey spread that tastes exactly like Nutella, without all the sugar and processed ingredients.

Here’s the recipe: Healthy Nutella



chocolate calda

True Italian hot chocolate is so thick and smooth, it’s almost like drinking a liquid chocolate bar. If you think Swiss Miss is real hot chocolate, drop whatever it is you are doing right now and make this recipe immediately. It will change everything you thought you knew about hot chocolate.

Here’s the recipe: Italian Hot Chocolate



nutella banana muffins

I could eat a hundred of these soft and homemade banana bread muffins, hot from the oven and stuffed with gooey homemade Nutella filling.

Here’s the recipe: Banana Bread Nutella Muffins



quinoa for breakfast

Quinoa is the perfect bored-of-oatmeal breakfast, and you can make multiple servings at once and save the leftovers for three or four days. I like to add chocolate chips to mine whenever I make this.

Here’s a recipe: Breakfast Quinoa Bowls



cheesecake oatmeal

Chocolate + cheesecake + oatmeal = a healthy breakfast fit for a dessert lover. This chocolate cheesecake baked oatmeal is definitely worth getting out of bed for!

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake Baked Oatmeal



chocolate banana bread

To cut back on fat without sacrificing moisture, this recipe packs a full two cups of mashed banana into the batter. The result is a chocolate banana bread so rich and sweet that you’d swear it must be full of fat and sugar.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Banana Bread




These homemade Entenmann’s chocolate mini donuts have half the calories and twice the protein and fiber as the originals. It’s impossible to stop at one!

Here’s the recipe: Homemade Entenmann’s Mini Chocolate Donuts



low fat chocolate muffins

These low-fat chocolate muffins call for yogurt instead of oil, adding moisture and softness without all the added fat. They are surprisingly rich and chocolatey!

Here’s the recipe: Low Fat Chocolate Muffins



chocolate peanut butter bread

If you are a chocolate lover and a peanut butter lover, this chocolate peanut butter bread is the best of both worlds. Deep, dark chocolate combines with smooth peanut butter for what might just be the most delicious healthy breakfast bread you’ve ever tried.

Here’s the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread



chocolate oats

One of my favorite things to make for breakfast when I’m craving chocolate is 5 minute chocolate oatmeal. It’s healthy, filling, and it tastes like eating dessert for breakfast.

Here’s the recipe: 5 Minute Chocolate Oatmeal



What are your favorite chocolate breakfast recipes??? Feel free to leave a link in the comments!

How To Start A Blog – In Less Than 5 Minutes

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How to start a blog or website in 5 minutes with WordPress.

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After publishing the post on how I started blogging full-time, I’ve been receiving a ton of comments and emails, all asking the same question:


How do you start a blog & make money blogging?

Luckily, setting up a blog is really easy, even if you know absolutely nothing about computers or how to set up a website. I’ll walk through how to start a blog here, step-by-step, and please feel free to leave a comment if you run into any issues or have any questions at all. I’ll try to answer as quickly as possible!

How much money can you make from a blog?

I know some bloggers who are making over a million dollars a year, just from blogging! Even some food bloggers are making $500,000 dollars a year or more from their blogs. While I don’t make anywhere near this amount, I also don’t do any amazon affiliate advertising or have in-photo ads, subscriptions, or popup ads on my site. I consider the money an added bonus to something I love and was doing even before I knew you could earn a living from it.

If you want to earn money by blogging, I’d recommend signing up for a self-hosted WordPress blog. I made the mistake of starting on a different platform and ended up having to switch over to WordPress because it offers you so many more opportunities. For hosting, Bluehost is the only hosting service officially recommended by WordPress, and it’s what I used when I started my own WordPress blog.



How To Start A Blog

STEP ONE: Set Up Your WordPress Hosting

 Click here to start, then you’ll see a green button that says “get started now.” Click that button.

Select your plan – For most beginners, the basic plan is fine. Click the green “select” button on the basic plan.


STEP TWO: Choose A Blog Name (the fun part!)

Think up any name you want, and see if it’s available. Once you’re happy with a new blog name, fill out the form on the “create your account” page and choose the plan you want. I’d recommend going with the 36-month plan because it’s the best value, and you can also get a refund at any time if you change your mind about blogging. So really, there is no risk!

You can uncheck all the extras – although you might want to keep the privacy box checked. The package includes both your hosting (which you need if you want to run ads on your site and make money) and your first year domain registration for FREE!

(This saves you $18, which is what it normally costs to register a WordPress domain.)

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STEP THREE: Set Up WordPress To Get Started Blogging

Look in your inbox for a welcome email from Bluehost, and click the link in that email to go to your cPanel. Find the section in the cPanel called “MOJO Marketplace” and choose “One-Click Installs.”

All you have to do here is click the WordPress icon, then click the green “Start” button.

Choose your blog domain, and click “Check Domain,” then show advanced options and set up your own username and password. Make sure that the “Automatically create a new database for this installation” box is checked. Click to install.


Your New WordPress Blog:

Once everything is set up, you can log in to your new WordPress site by going to the admin login URL and entering the username and password you set up in step three. This takes you to the WordPress dashboard, where you can create new posts, respond to reader comments, and play around with the appearance of your site, making it your own.

If you run into any questions while setting up your new blog, do not hesitate to ask, and I’ll try to respond as quickly as possible Smile


Click Here To Start Your Own Blog