No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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These No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars are so easy to make, yet delicious and healthy. You can use fresh or frozen raspberries in them. If you’re looking for a dessert that’s also stored in the freezer then these are perfect choice! No bake peanut butter oatmeal bars are one of the best types of peanut butter bars you can make. No oven required, just lots of oats, peanut butter, and sugar!

NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL BARS

These No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars are the perfect quick breakfast or afternoon snack. Healthy and delicious!

These No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars can be made in just minutes and are the perfect quick breakfast or afternoon snack. Only 5-ingredients including creamy peanut butter, honey, vanilla, oats and chocolate chips!

Healthy and delicious and only takes 15 minutes to make! 

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars with chocolate chips scattered

NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL BARS

I am obsessed with our No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars! They are the perfect grab and go snack when I am running to the school carpool line and need something quick to eat to get me through until dinner!

I like to say these are a “healthier” snack option. They still have some calories, but it is a better option than many of the alternatives out there. You just need to portion them properly!

If you want to make them even healthier you can always use all-natural/organic ingredients.

That’s why these No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars were perfect for me – they are SO easy to make!

You only need 5 ingredients and a few minutes together whip this healthy treat that your family will love! Such a great recipe!

No bake peanut butter oatmeal bars

A GREAT AFTER-SCHOOL SNACK

What’s really great is that you can cut them up and wrap them in plastic wrap and keep them in the freezer for a ready to throw in the lunchbox treat or a quick afternoon snack!

I will also grab on and throw it in my handbag and eat it while I am waiting in a carpool line – which is basically always!!

They are also great for a grab and go after school snack or even a quick on-the-run breakfast! Your family will love this healthy snack!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

  • Peanut Butter
  • Honey
  • Old fashioned oats
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips

OPTIONAL ADD-INS FOR OATMEAL BARS:

Don’t get me wrong…I think they are PERFECT as is, BUT, if you want to “enhance” your oatmeal bars consider some of these yummy add ins:

  • Craisins
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Raisins
  • Flaxseed
  • Cinnamon Chips

HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL BARS

They are really super easy to make! 

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars in process step 1
  1. In a medium saucepan mix peanut butter and honey together over medium heat until melted. Stir in the vanilla.
  2. Remove from the heat and while it is hot, mix in the oatmeal. Stir until all ingredients are fully combined.
  3. Pour into a well-greased baking pan. For thicker bars, use 8×8 for thinner bars use 9×13. 
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top and place in the refrigerator until firm.
  5. Slice and enjoy! To store them, make sure to place parchment paper between the bars so they don’t stick! 
No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars in process step 2

HOW TO CUT AND STORE

So if you watch the video, you will see I only cut the bars them into 9 bars. When I make them for my family, I usually cut them MUCH smaller. I typically get between 16-20 smaller bites.

They are really filling, and if you make them too large, you will not be able to eat the whole thing. (this also helps with portion control!)

What I like to do is after I cut them, I will wrap them individually in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer. When you are ready to eat one, you can take it out a few minutes before you are ready to eat it and let it soften on the counter or eat it right from the freezer. I actually love them straight from the freezer!

NO-BAKE PEANUT BUTTER OATMEAL BARS

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars are an absolute dream for peanut butter lovers or anyone who digs oats, or chocolate. This healthy dessert recipe requires few ingredients, very little prep and is great for school lunches or after school snack!

Stack of peanut butter oatmeal bars with a layer of chocoalte on top.

Humans of all ages, if you’re into oats, chocolate, nut butter of any kind, or granola bars, these easy no-bake peanut butter oatmeal bars are a must make!

Packed with energizing wholesome ingredients, these simple peanut butter oat bars are everything you want in a treat.

They are perfectly sweet, packed with peanut butter goodness, a delicious display of how versatile oats can be, and pack chocolate decadence to bring sweet and salty dreams come true.

Plus, these peanut butter bars are easy to customize based on what you have on hand!

Let’s discuss the simple ingredients for this healthy snack.

Ingredients for No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars:

Creamy Peanut Butter: The majority of the flavor and part of the glue that holds the whole operation together, unsweetened natural peanut butter is the star of the show here.

You can easily replace it with any thick, well-stirred seed or nut butter such as almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or cashew butter. Crunchy peanut butter works too!

Pure Maple Syrup or Honey: The sweetener! Pure maple syrup, honey, agave syrup, or your favorite sticky sweetener is what adds sweet flavor to these healthy peanut butter oatmeal bars.

You can scale the amount back for a lower sugar option, or increase the amount depending on how sweet you like your treats.

Oats: Old fashioned oats bring oat flavor and nutty texture to the recipe. For the best result, stick with whole rolled old-fashioned oats instead of quick oats or instant oats. I use gluten-free sprouted oats.

Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, or Flax Seeds (Optional): Adding an infusion of omega 3 healthy fats, hemp seeds, chia seeds, or flax seeds are an easy addition to bring a nutrient boost to the mix. You can easily omit them!

Ground Cinnamon and Sea Salt: As you’ve probably seen, I love adding ground cinnamon and sea salt to the majority of my dessert recipes because they both are flavor enhancers.

A pinch of cinnamon adds warmth and interesting nuance, and a pinch of salt brings out all of the individual flavors of each ingredient. It also makes a dessert taste sweeter without the need for added sugar.

For the Chocolate Layer: Chocolate chips and coconut oil or butter. The chocolate topping not only adds rich chocolatey goodness, but it is paramount in helping the bars stay held together nicely.

The simple combination of chocolate chips and coconut oil, coconut milk, or butter is all you need. The thick layer of chocolate really seals the deal for me.

Use your favorite semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or sugar-free chocolate chips.

Top down photo of peanut butter chocolate bars with one bar tipped up so you can see the layers.

Optional Additions:

Add ½ cup of chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts for a great addition bringing an additional texture element.

If you have dried fruit on hand and love a good trail mix vibe, add ½ to ⅔ cup of raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, etc.

Add ½ cup of chocolate chips or cacao nibs to the oatmeal base for even more chocolate flavor.

Looking to make protein bars? Add 1 to 3 tablespoons of your favorite protein powder.

If you have vanilla extract on hand, add 1 teaspoon to the wet ingredients.

Turn these into peanut butter banana oatmeal bars by replacing 1/2 cup of the peanut butter with one large ripe mashed banana.

Now that we’ve covered the ingredients list, let’s make these delicious peanut butter oatmeal bars!

How to Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars:

Add the peanut butter and pure maple syrup to a large microwave-safe large bowl.

Microwave for 15 to 20-second intervals stirring well in between, until the ingredients mix together easily, about 40 to 60 seconds total.

Note: if you don’t own a microwave, you can prefer this step using a small saucepan and heat on the stove top over medium heat.

Wet ingredients for bars in a red mixing bowl.

Stir in the oats, hemp seeds, ground cinnamon, and sea salt until everything is well-combined.

Mixture of oatmeal, peanut butter, and honey in a mixing bowl.

Transfer the peanut butter oat mixture to a 8” x 8” square pan lined with parchment paper and press it into an even layer. I used glass Tupperware, but an 8-inch pan or a 9-inch pan (for thinner bars) works great too.

Oatmeal peanut butter mixture in a pan.

To make the chocolate topping, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 20-second intervals, stirring well between, until the mixture has melted and is creamy, about 60 seconds total.

Easy chocolate ganache in a mixing bowl

Pour the chocolate mixture over the peanut butter oats and spread it into an even layer. 

Cover with plastic wrap and transfer the bars to the refrigerator and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the chocolate has set up completely.

When you’re ready to cut the bars, remove them from the refrigerator and tug on the parchment paper to pull it out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut equal sized squares. Serve, and enjoy!

horizontal photo of peanut butter oatmeal bars with one tipped up so you can see the layers

Store peanut butter oatmeal bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. After that, you can transfer the rest to a zip lock bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.

Enjoy these as healthy breakfast bars or a delicious treat any time your sweet tooth is activated. The perfect dessert when you want a healthier version of a peanut butter dessert with health benefits.

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No bake peanut butter oatmeal bars are a quick and tasty no bake treat. With a chewy texture and the perfect balance of savory peanut butter and sweet honey they are great for an afternoon pick me up, post workout recharge, or breakfast on the go. These bars are made from five simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. Only 10 minutes to make plus thirty minutes to cool, means you are closer to a homemade snack than you thought!

A stack of two oatmeal bars on white parchment paper with another oatmeal bar leaning against them. A silver espresso cup is in the background.

When I see the words peanut butter and honey combined, I know I’m in for a tasty treat. It’s a sweet and savory combination that I loved as a kid and haven’t outgrown to this day. It’s also the inspiration behind these super simple, no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars.

When I set out to make these bars the first time, I was in need of a quick post-hike treat. It had to be something homemade so that I could control the ingredients. It also needed to provide enough energy to hold us until dinner, while not being a complete calorie bomb.

My initial thought was a chewy granola bar, but I didn’t have dried fruit, nuts, or chocolate on hand, all the things that make granola, granola. Luckily, simplicity can be delicious. These no bake oatmeal bars have everything they need, nothing more and nothing less.

Overhead shot of a black tray with peanut butter oatmeal bars messily arranged. The tray is on a blue and beige checked napkin and a gray backdrop.

Making Homemade Oatmeal Bars

Making these no bake oatmeal bars requires only five ingredients and it’s easier than making my ultimate holiday Rice Krispies treats. You will need a large mixing bowl, a small saucepan, a heat proof spoon, a square cake pan, and a sheet of parchment paper.

You simply heat the peanut butter and honey over a medium flame, stirring until it reaches a smooth consistency. Remove from the flame before adding in the salt and vanilla. Fold the peanut butter mixture into the oats mixture to combine completely, then press out in the parchment lined pan. Cool completely and enjoy.

Three images for no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars: 1 showing the ingredients in bowls and measuring cups on a dark surface, 2. the smooth texture of the honey and peanut butter sitting on the oats, 3. the texture of the mixture when combined.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars FAQs

Can I make these in the microwave?

Yes! The reason for heating the peanut butter and honey is to make it easier to mix. Use a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 20 second burst, stirring in between, until the mixture is smooth and hot, then add the salt and vanilla before combining with the oats.

What if I don’t have parchment paper?

You could grease the pan with a solid fat like coconut oil or butter, or spray with an oil mister. The bars may crumble a bit as you take them out, but they will still taste good!

Can I swap in a different sweetner?

Yes! I have not extensively tested other sweeteners, but I do an oatmeal ball version of these with maple syrup. I’m not sure how sugar or simple syrup would do because of the texture, but I could imagine it would work with molasses, corn syrup, or other sweeteners with a similar texture.

Can I use sunbutter, almond butter, cashew butter, or any other type of nut butter?

Absolutely! As long as it’s thick and creamy like peanut butter it will hold together the oats.

Can I use this recipe to make oatmeal balls instead of oatmeal bars?

Yes! You can shape the dough (mixture?) into balls the same way you would cookie dough. Be advised: work quickly. As the mixture cools it doesn’t stick together as well.

Can I freeze these for later?

Yes! Freeze them in a freezer friendly container and they should keep for a couple months. They thaw out well without compromising the texture, but oddly enough, they taste good while frozen too.

How should I store them?

Storing them in the fridge is going to give them a firmer shape and a chewier texture. Storing them at room temperature can make them soft if the room is too warm, but it’s perfectly safe for these shelf stable ingredients. It’s totally up to you, but I like them in the fridge.

What if I don’t have a square cake pan?

I would try a 8″ round cake pan or a 9×5 loaf pan. You want it to be thin enough that you can cut it into portion sizes, but not so thin that it will fall apart. Alternatively, you could skip the pan and roll it into balls like you would cookie dough.

Tall image showing an oatmeal bar next to half of an oatmeal bar with an espresso and tray of bars in the background.

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