*Happy Memorial Day! Please take the time to thank a service member/veteran for all that they do today. Sending prayers to the families who have lost their loved ones, and to those missing their spouses and children who are away from home.*
I’m going to apologize now for the recipe I am about to share with you. I guarantee you will not be able to stop eating this, which means you will need to purchase a new pair of pants to fit your new, larger waistline after you eat the entire pan of these chocolate treats.
Zero Self Control Chocolate Bars
Straight up SWIPED from amy-newnostalgia! EXACT recipe. It was perfect just the way it was. The name is mine though, haha. I named it from my experience.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup honey *
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (NO substitutions, must use coconut oil)
- 2 cups oats (NOT instant)
- 1 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
*I use honey in my diet while most vegans don’t. If you don’t want to use honey, try another sticky sweetener in its place.
In a medium sized saucepan, melt together peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil. Remove from heat and add oats, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries. Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted.
Spread into a 9 x 13 pan. Refrigerate until hardened, about an hour or so. Store in refrigerator.
Oh I’m not done yet. These bars were not eaten alone. Ohhhh no, they had a copilot. I had a can of coconut cream in my fridge for almost a month, and I finally decided to use it.
Coconut Whipped Cream
- 1 can of coconut cream (14 oz) I used that TJ’s can.
- 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 1/4 teaspoons of vanilla
Place your can of coconut cream into the fridge for at least 8 hours, or for a month like I did. After 8 hours open the can UPSIDE down and pour the liquid into a container to use later. Possibly for a smoothie. Take the hardened cream out of the can into a mixing bowl and combine with the powdered sugar using an electric mixer. Add the vanilla and let sit.
NOTE: This whipped cream is like Leonardo DiCaprio, or like a fine wine, it gets better with age. Let this sit for at least a day before you use it for the best results. I found that when I tasted it the first day it was much too fatty and rich for me. The next day it was better, and TWO days after I made this it was perfect. While most recipes use a can of coconut milk, I thought the fatty texture of the coconut cream was divine. Plus this is GOOD fat, we need good fats in our diet! Great with fruit, or with those chocolate bars!
I couldn’t stop cutting off pieces of this chocolate stuff and dipping it straight into the cream. I ate all the cream by myself and it’s gone. The pan of chocolate bars are gone too.. both gone in two days. I was addicted. In all actuality the ingredients are not bad in either of these recipes, but I know nothing about moderation. I had ZERO self control with these. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m late for my Chocoholics Anonymous meeting.
Q: What tasty treat have you been addicted to lately?
67 thoughts on “Like a Fine Wine”
Oh….my. *immediately adds coconut cream to grocery list* Can’t wait to make these!
I’ve been addicted to Chobani flips for weeks now. I have to have one at some point every day.
Oh my heavens. I am actually dying looking at this. I would have ZERO self control too – how can ANYONE have self control with this kind of stuff!?!?!?!!? I so badly want to make it, but the other half of me is saying.. DONT, you WILL eat it all by yourself in 2 days.. but who needs a bikini body right? meh, I’d give that up any day for this 😀
I almost want to advise you NOT to make this HAHA. I have promised myself NO more treats for at least two weeks, and even then..ONLY if I have people to share with. It was unreal the tornado I caused in my kitchen with just this pan and my hands. On the flip side, bikini bodies are overrated hahaha.
What are you trying to do to us! LOL!!!
Alex @ therunwithin
freaking drool. I am going to have to try that coconut cream, I have never had any kind of coconut from a can like that but I keep hearing how good it is. ps the name is great !
Oh geez louise, the name of these really does say it all. I would take that entire pan to the face. I guess I will thank you for sharing the recipe although my too tight pants will say otherwise after I make these 🙂 Happy Memorial Day!
WOW those bars look incredible! Thanks for sharing 🙂
oh no. oh no. I think my pants got tighter just LOOKING at this deliciousness. Holy Cow. I think I will keep this recipe in my ‘if-i-need-to-bride-the-boyfriend’ folder. (For someday when I actually have a bf…lol!)
This looks TRULY amazing and totally sinful! 😉 I love the name that you gave it, too!
Abby @ Change of Pace
Those do sound insanely addicting! I think I’m going to hold off on making them for a while so I can still fit into my triathlon clothes 🙂
Thanks for sharing!
Thankfully I’m eating right now or I’d be licking the screen. LOL to the Leo comment. My mom would agree. She’s obsessed!
Hecccckkkk yes I am making these today. And eating them all by myself in the corner. I’ll be sure to send you the picture of my chocolate smeared face 😉
And I love making the coconut whipped cream!! I did it for my last girls day with my bestie and we just ate en entire batch of cream and berries. Good heavens was it delish.
Please share your picture..that would complete my day. HAHA.
Oh my those both look delicious!!
foods for the soul
WOW that’s such a perfect title! I have NO self-control when it comes to chocolate either… I admire (but definitely don’t envy) anyone who does!
Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile
This. looks. amazing.
Luv What You Do
I love desserts that make me want to change into my fat pants : ) I think that I have most of these ingredients!
Choc Chip Uru
Happy Memorial Day my friend 🙂
And stretchy pants a go, I am ready to eat a tray! 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
this is like all my favorite foods all in one bar! i have to make this asapppppp my god! sooo true, leo def gets better and better with age, yumm!
Ahh everything looks so good. Can I come to Washington and hang out with you and eat it all?! YUM.
YES! Please come hangout with me, we can eat treats and go for walks all day long!
Drooling.. absolutely drooling.. I’m tucking this recipe away for when the holidays roll around again, because I certainly wouldn’t have any more control around these than you, and that amount of chocolate would go straight to my ass. I like to say I’m blessed but literally everything I eat goes there. And bikini season is like now, I don’t need that lol
Bahaha so true, I refuse to make this again until I have at least 10 people to share it with.
Alex (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen)
Oh my gosh that chocolate treat looks beyond amazing. If you decide you just can’t handle them anymore, I’d be happy to take them off your hands 😉
And I so want to try that coconut whipped cream. I tried something like that once, but it was really runny 😦
This looks like it would be an incredible for-one-person dessert (and I’m considering the whole pan to be one serving size 😉 )!
Brittany @ DulceVie
Oh. My. Gosh. Just looking at that picture of the chocolate bars is making me drool.. I need to try this!
Tessa @ Amazing Asset
Okay first of all, yes this recipe does indeed look like perfection as I would imagine it tastes like 🙂 Second, your descriptions and explanations throughout this post are just perfect… you crack me up Brittany!
Rach @ This Italian Family
What a brilliant way to make whipped cream without the cream! I need to remember this!
Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
Wow that looks amazing! I don’t think I could ever make it as I would definitely eat the whole pan but I am drooling at it 🙂
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Nut butter, honey, oats, and chocolate?! You do realize those are like all my favorite things combined into one tasty treat, right? Gah! These sound amazing. Back in the day I used to be able to put away an entire pan of Rice Krispie treats, and I’m pretty sure I’d be able to do the same with these…
Oh me oh me…I definitely need some of that chocolate crack in my life right now!
Great minds think alike…. I’m just about to post a oat/cranberry bar too 🙂 YUMMO! Love the idea of eating these with coconut whip, genius!
You had me at “zero self control”. Somehow that was a selling point and not a deterrent!
Drool. These would be dangerous…but soooo worth it!
I’m not going to deny what i’m about to say…I’m 90% sure i’d eat the whole pan if I made this. I mean just think, you could add them into your pancake mixture, and then even top your pancakes with them.!!
Aw man, Britt, that looks amazing! I had never thought about most vegans not using honey in recipes. I guess it makes sense though since it’s an animal (well, insect) byproduct.
I have a feeling that I’m not going to want to read your blog for a while after this. Anything that’s in bar form with peanut butter and honey basically means I’ll eat the whole batch within minutes. Love/hate feelings happening right now!
Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com
This is going to get me in trouble. Thanks,
Alex @ Brain, Body, Because
THIS IS INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my oh my oh my oh my oh my
So, is it, like, crispy? Or kind of chewy? Oh my gosh!!!!!!!
YES it has a crispiness to it that is amazing.
such a good idea! I love honey but never really thought to add it to my baking ingredients. GENIUS.
I think you should cater my wedding and do the desserts. I will pay you in veggies, hugs, and peanuts.
I don’t actually know your middle name, but that sounds pretty. Or is it too many flowers for one name? I like it..so I shall call you that from now on. I love this idea of catering and your payments are the best kinds I have ever been offered. If I lived in Michigan, I would cater your wedding with TONS of tasty treats, and then when the wedding was over I would still continue to pawn my treats onto you and your man so that I wouldn’t eat them all!
UPDATE: I just looked at an e-mail from you and I now know your middle name. I was close as it starts with an R! I love your real middle name, but may still call you rose. HAHA.
Ja @Ja on the RUN
That looks soooo good! Oh I don’t mind buying new pants. I need to try this! LOL! 🙂
You’re a runner, you wont need new pants! HA! The benefits of burning 600+ calories in one hour.
kathy @ vodka and soda
i should not have read this post considering i’m FUCKING STARVING RIGHT NOW and stuck on a call 😦 that looks sooooo good!!
GiGi Eats Celebrities
REALLY. REALLY. You posted this! You SHOULD BE SORRY!!!!! ah ha ha ha ha ha ah aha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!
OMG I WOULD LOVEEEEEEEEE TO MAKE A VIDEO or 10 with you! OMFG they’d be hysterical, hysterical I tell you… This is pretty much how one would go: We would ride in on our rainbow unicorns, you eating a chocolate cupcake, me eating a butternut squash fry… You yelling to me YUMMMMMMM SO CHOCOLATELY AND DELICIOUS and I will yell back, YEAH IF YOU WANT A HEART ATTACK… And then you will yell back, well at least I will be SMILING when that happens. Then we would dismount from our unicorns, and Elvis Pressley would appear eating a banana peanut butter bacon sandwich and sing Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog… And then you would rip the sandwich out of his hand and throw it at the camera because it has bacon in it… I would proceed to pants Elvis because I am an immature brat and then we would shove tofu in his mouth. — That’s just episode one by the way… Would you like to hear what episode two would be like?!!
And I think we would name this series: the VEGAVORES!
You are my favorite person ever, and this comment just made my day. I was waiting for your arrival to this post to tell me that I will probably die in my sleep from eating this ENTIRE tray. Seriously, the tornado I caused in my kitchen with my hands and mouth was almost embarrassing. I am now going to be eating a GiGi friendly diet to get myself back on track haha. Sugar is my drug.
I love that first episode, it would draw people in. The second one would have to include Gerard Butler and a portapotty. Maybe a case of the runners trots, you know..to show the world just how realistic we are. No shame in our game.
GiGi Eats Celebrities
Of course diapers would be included in this episode…. And then HUGGIES would be our sponsors and send us a life time supply of PULL UPS!! Big girl under-roos! Gerard would look sexy in anything……… or nothing!
Khushboo Thadani (@KhushbooThadani)
I HATE the term “food porn” but it only seems fitting for this post :)! Do you take orders? If so I’ll have 10 dozen of those Zero Control Bars and 2 pairs of stretchy pants…please and thank you!
Since the blueberries and strawberries and cream are red white and blue I think you need to make those bars on the 4th of July.
(Even if you don’t make the cream or eat with fruit…lol).
Devil’s advocate. Sorry.
Both of those babies look delicious! I have yet to buy coconut cream, perhaps I will now. I think you would look perfect on one of your outdoor adventures carrying all this chocolate and fluff around, you would become one with the woods animals.
Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
Ah I’m not even letting myself make those delicious looking bars! I know I’ll just eat them all up in one setting, that is, if it isn’t all gone before refrigerating! They look so good!
Life's a Bowl
These remind me of thick rice krispie treats minus the cereal though – Sounds divine!
An Unrefined Vegan
Holy crap…must get these photos OFF OF MY COMPUTER SCREEN.
Life After Swimming
My question is as follows: How does Leonardo DiCaprio continue to get better as he goes? seriously, perfection, and those treats look like perfection, too 🙂
I literally just gone done stuffing my face with one of these when I opened your blog post. Seriously at this point we need to be friends in real life!
I have everything in my pantry to make these bars. Sadly, not the cream which I’m equally enamored with…I totally understand the name. I don’t think I’d have self control either.
That looks soooo yummy!! I have been lovin me some frozen yogurt lately! With bananas and sprinkes 🙂
Melissa @ Mouthwatering Morsel
you really love chocolate! and a big sweet tooth! love it though! I should try them ALL! If I actually wasn’t so lazy. 😛
Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
Wow.. I was rushing to type my first comment because I had scrolled down and caught a glimpse of these chocolate bars.. These look fantastic, I would eat the whole pan and then I would have to learn how to run:) xx
Okay, I don’t think we’re on speaking terms anymore after you posting this recipe. Unless you’d mail me a single piece of them because if I made them I’d be tempted by an entire pan. I could offer a piece of vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Oreo Brownies in return. Deal ;)?
Oh, and you should become coconut whipped cream’s spokesperson. That Leo comparision would help you make millions :).
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Amy @ A Desert Girl
Oh wow. The zero control bars look amazing. And the coconut whipped cream – I want some NOW.
I have been eating so much chowder. Seafood chowder, clam chowder. Oh and bisque. So basically my tasty treat of choice lately has been soup. Mmmm.
Amy @ A Desert Girl
Oh and corn chowder. I forgot the corn chowder. But yeah. I’ve eaten that too.
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