Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chocolate Orange Oat Bars (Healthy Snacking!)

Today, guest posting here, is a beautiful friend of mine:

 Leanne Wrench
Leanne Wrench -

Author of the newly released Anchored By Love

She's a devoted wife,  and mother to FOUR very young children (ages 4, 2, 2 and 9 months). She absolutely loves the Lord, and spends her 'spare' time: designing, running, nutrition and baking! Her blog is the story of her heart. Please do follow & connect with Leanne there :)


Chocolate Orange Oat Bars

I am SO excited to share this delicious recipe with you! These are perfect to grab on the go, pack in your children's lunch or enjoy with a warm cup of tea or cold glass of milk.  They are chewy, protein packed, mouth watering oat bars - bursting with orange flavour and chocolate chips! It's the perfect combination for a health filled, satisfying snack.  My children and husband eat them so quick I can barely keep up with them!


1½ C rolled oats
1 C rice cereal
¼ C sunflower seeds
¼ C hemp seeds
½ C unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 tbsp. chia
1½ tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
¾ tsp. cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
½ C brown rice syrup
¼ C almond butter
¾ tsp. orange extract
½ C vegan chocolate chips

1.  Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper

2.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix

3.  Heat brown rice syrup and almond butter over medium heat until bubbles

4.  Remove from heat and stir in orange extract
5.  Pour over dry ingredients and stir to combine
6.  Let cool slightly to prevent chocolate chips from melting
7.  Stir in chocolate chips
8.  Press mixture firmly into prepared pan
9.  Place in freezer for 5-10 minutes
10. Remove from freezer and cut into bars

*Store bars in refrigerator

Healthy Eating Oat Bars leanne Wrench Anchored By Love


  1. Replies
    1. Yes they do!! Have to try it out myself :)
      Thanks so much Jen for stopping by.

  2. Oh I will have to try these!!! I did go over and follow her too!!

    1. That's great! She's such an inspiring lady :) Thanks for stopping by.

  3. This recipe sounds like a healthier version of the name brand granola bars I buy.

    1. I know, eh? Guilt free snacks :)
      Thanks for stopping by Gina!

  4. What an awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Orange flavour sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing this healthy, delicious-looking recipe with us!

  6. These look amazing! Never would have thought to put chocolate and orange together but I will have to try it! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Hi Rachel,
    From chia seeds to vegan chocolate, the healthy ingredients in these chocolate orange oat bars are just what I like! There is nothing like a satisfying oat bar--so thank you for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

  8. This looks like a more complete version of what I made once before leaving for a trip and needing airline snacks: I mixed together dry oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey to form into balls.

  9. This looks super yummy! I will definitely be pinning this one for the near future :) Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day.

  10. We love granola bars so this is sure to be a hit! Thanks for sharing with us @ Snickerdoodle Sunday! Millie

  11. I absolutely love this! Yummy. Pinned. It is so fun to party with you. Thank you. I hope to see you at our party on Monday at 7 pm.
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls



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