there’s a new bar in town and it’s here to stay a long time because well, it’s just THAT good. Copycat Chewy Bars (Vegan + GF) are what you probably never knew you needed in your life. while i ate chewy bars as a kid on repeat, i wanted a more sophisticated version with way better ingredients and i made just that.
happy friday eve everyone! ah, so happy it’s almost the weekend! made these just in time y’all.
Copycat Chewy Bars (Vegan + GF) are the easiest bars to store in the fridge by the way.
you can totally freeze them, but of course let the bars thaw because you eat them.
also, if you want to make these more portable, just omit the chocolate layer on top.
promise they’re just as good and still plenty sweet! plus, there’s mini chocolate chips dispersed in the bars!
the reason you want to leave off the chocolate layer if you planning on taking the bars places, is because it will melt!
there’s oil in the chocolate chips and i melted them with 1 tbsp coconut oil on top of that, so you will have runny chocolate once they get too warm.
while the bars taste out of this world, the ingredient list is on point.
you only need oats (make sure they’re gluten-free), runny peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond extract, and mini chocolate chips.
the oat brand that i used that is gluten free is One Degree Organics. just check the packaging or look it up online to find gluten-free ones.
regarding the peanut butter, if you’re not a fan or just don’t have any, swap it with another nut or seed butter.
it’s important that the nut butter is runny though. if yours is really hard, melt it with a little bit of coconut oil.
the brands i love that are pretty runny and trader joes, crazy Richard’s and Whole Foods.
the bars are thick, which is exactly what i wanted. to achieve the thickness, i used a bread loaf pan!
you could try an 8 x 8 square pan, but i’m not sure what the thickness level will be.
also, here’s a tip for the chocolate layer on top if you’re going to add it.
wait until the chocolate has just barely hardened to cut into bars. if you wait until it’s too hard, the chocolate layer will crack on top when you cut into the mixture.
just monitor your bar mixture when you place it in the fridge, depending on the chocolate you used, it could be ready to cut into bars within 30 minutes.
however, if you don’t care about cracked chocolate on top, then it just doesn’t matter lol.
if you love my Copycat Chewy Bars (Vegan + GF), then here are some other bar recipes from my blog you will enjoy!
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Copycat Chewy Bars (Vegan + GF)Course: Bars, Breakfast, No BakeDifficulty: Easy
2 cups gluten free old fashioned oats (see text for brand)
1/2 cup runny peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup mini dairy free chocolate chips
- chocolate coating
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tbsp coconut oil
- add the bar ingredients to a food processor and blend until a sticky, grainy consistency forms. the dough should stick together completely.
- then, transfer to a bowl and fold in the mini chocolate chips.
- place in a parchment lined bread loaf pan and evenly distribute.
- melt the chocolate coating layer and then pour over the bars. place in the freezer about 30-45 minutes and cut into bars. TIP: you don’t want the chocolate to be too hard or it will crack- it shouldn’t be quite frozen when you cut into it.
- then, place the bars back in the freezer for 10 minutes or so until the chocolate completely hardens.
- enjoy and store in the fridge in an airtight container!