This Strawberry Chocolate Bar is an excellent choice for those seeking a delicious, nutritious snack, offering a high protein and fibre content at only 80 calories. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a tasty way to fuel their day without compromising on health or flavour.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe!
- Very inexpensive ingredients! You can make this bar for under $5 for the entire thing! That is far cheaper than any sweet treat you can purchase these days!
- It offers a High Protein High Fiber snack that can help with those afternoon energy slumps!
- The strawberries offer a delicious tangy taste that cuts through the sweetness of the oat bar and chocolate topping!
- The dark chocolate chunks offer a healthy dose of antioxidants while cutting the sugar in half compared to milk chocolate!
- I love to use frozen strawberries because chances are you always have a bag in the freezer for smoothies, they never go bad, and it takes less than 2 minutes to thaw them out for this recipe! Plus they have extra juices that really add to the bar!
- I love dark chocolate because it isn’t quite as sweet as milk chocolate, and I love that it offers some dose of antioxidants too!
Steps to Make
For more details, see the recipe card below.
Step #1 Pulse all of the oat ingredients into a mixer until well combined. Spread and press down into a parchment paper filled loaf pan.
Step #2 Melt the chocolate chunks and oil in the microwave.
Step #3 Spread the chocolate mixture evenly onto the oat mixture and spread the strawberries on top.
Freeze for one hour and enjoy!
Chocolate Chips: You can use any type of chocolate chips/chunks that you prefer for this recipe. You won’t need to make any changes to measurements for this swap.
Oil: You can also use any type of oil that you want for this, some common swaps are for coconut oil. This will change the nutritional composition, but the ratio for measurements will be the same.
Peanut Butter: I recommend using all natural peanut butter for this recipe, I use the crunchy kind to add some texture to it. If you use regular peanut butter, there will be additional sugar and calories compared to what I have listed below.
Tip #1 When you’re microwaving the chocolate chips, I recommend part way through stopping and stirring a few times. This helps to break up the chunks and evenly mix in the oil. It also helps to reduce the chances of it burning. You can also use a double boiler to melt them.
Tip #2 When thawing the strawberries (if using frozen), you will want to check them part way through and turn them over. This helps to evenly thaw them. If there’s any melted juices from the strawberry, add those on top of the bars too!
Frequently Asked Questions
Not quite! That one is high in sugar and saturated fat, and also processed strawberries. This is a much healthier and more nutritious option!
You could buy dehydrated strawberries, chop them up very finely and mix them into the oat mixture. It will give the oat mixture a strawberry taste and a tinge of a red colour too!
This snack is still perfect for the low glycemic index diet because it contains a good amount of protein and fiber through the strawberries, oats, and all natural peanut butter!
If you want to reduce the glycemic index even further, you can lower the amount of chocolate that you melt on top.
Other Recipes You’ll Love!
While this recipe is certainly one of my favourites, we have plenty more healthy, low glycemic index recipes! Check out some of them below!
Healthier Strawberry Chocolate Bar
- 1 Cup Quick Oats
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup All Natural Peanut Butter
- 1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Strawberries
- If using frozen strawberries, layer on a plate and thaw until slightly thawed but still hard. If fresh strawberries, chop them up very finely. There should be some juice coming out. Set aside.
- Place all natural peanut butter in a microwave safe dish. Microwave for approximately 30 seconds – 1 minute (depending on microwave power), until it is slightly runny.
- In a chopper or mixer, add oats, peanut butter and maple syrup. Pulse until it is mixed together in a thick paste.
- Once the mixture is done, place parchment paper in a loaf pan. Cut off the outlying edges.
- Press the oat mixture into the parchment paper, and using a spatula press down firmly.
- In a separate bowl, add the chocolate chips and oil and microwave for approximately 30 seconds – 1 minute until the mixture is runny and mixed together well.
- Pour the chocolate chip mixture over the oat mixture and using the spatula, smooth out to spread evenly.
- Add the strawberries on top of the chocolate mixture and press down lightly to firm it into the chocolate.
- Place it in the freezer and after 1 hour it is ready to serve!
- You can use fresh or frozen strawberries for this recipe. Frozen will have more juice to them due to the thawing process. But fresh will have a more firm texture to them.
- You can use any type of chocolate for this recipe, but dark chocolate has a lower sugar content and high antioxidants as well which boosts the health properties!