Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Oat Clusters

Dark Chocolate Oat Clusters

Every day is a battle for me between what I want to eat and what I should eat. Actually, make that every minute. I know you feel me. This is especially true with sweets. I’ve got a pretty serious set of sweet teeth and an equally serious determination to never go up a pant size. Ha. Wish me luck with that.

But these little gems are a step in the right direction because you think you’re eating a luscious chocolate treat, but really you’re eating breakfast. Or a healthy snack. Or a post-workout protein bar. Or dessert. Basically they’re an all day food. And they’re innocent of all junk-food charges.

They’re even good for you. Think about it:

Dark Chocolate = antioxidants (good for your heart… and soul)

Peanut Butter = protein (good for muscle recovery and energy)

Rolled Oats = fiber (well… we all know what that’s good for)

Milk = calcium (good for your bones)

See? It’s all about how you look at it. And how it tastes. These are definitely all about taste and they taste delicious. I just ate three for breakfast… whoops.

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INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips 

1/4 cup peanut butter 

1/4 cup milk (low-fat)

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

Dark Chocolate Oat Clusters Ingredients

If you’re feeling saucy go ahead and add to these too. Add some protein powder to make it a super awesome post-gym boost. Add shredded coconut because why the hell not. Use crunchy peanut butter if you like that extra crunch. Add finely ground fresh coffee beans if you’re like me and need three doses of caffeine a day. Instant coffee works too.

PROCESS:

In a medium sauce pan, melt chocolate, peanut butter and milk together over low heat, 3-5 minutes, until fully incorporated and smooth. Add rolled oats, mixing thoroughly till evenly coated and remove from heat.

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Using a tablespoon size spoon, form into clusters and place on parchment-lined tray. Let set in refrigerator for at least ten minutes.

Dark Chocolate Oat Clusters Spoon Dark Chocolate Oat Clusters Tray

Store in fridge in sealed ziploc bag or tupperware for up to 3 days, or freeze immediately. If freezing, thaw before eating unless you want a chipped tooth. Only ice hockey players can pull that off. Go Caps!!

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Cheers!

 Recipe adapted from health.com

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