No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars! This delicious cookie recipe comes together in 10 minutes & is gluten-free & vegan-friendly! These are seriously the BEST No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars and they make such a fabulous afternoon snack. They combine the ever popular chocolate and peanut butter, which I just cannot resist, and they’re actually pretty healthy! My 4 year old twins made these with very little help from me, so you know they really are easy! These No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars will give you a big dose of peanut butter, oats, and almonds, for an energy packed breakfast bar recipe. It’s a quick and simple recipe that you can make the night before, so you have them ready to go for breakfast. But with half a cup of butter and TWO full cups of refined sugar packed into traditional no bake bar recipes, they’re really not even close! These clean chocolate oatmeal no bake bars offer the perfect healthy alternative: No-bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies and I have a bit of a special relationship. I love how easy they are to make, and how rich the chocolate and peanut flavors can be. A “lightened up” version of those classic chocolate oatmeal no bake bars everyone loves so much
Makes 16 to 20 bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
1 cup butter
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips
¾ cup chunky peanut butter
Line a 8-inch-by-8-inch baking dish with parchment paper, and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Heat over low-heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
Add the oats, cinnamon and kosher salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes.
Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and the peanut butter. Heat on high in the microwave, in increments of 40 seconds, stirring in between each increment, until melted and fully combined.
Pour ⅘ of the chocolate mixture into the pan over the pressed oats, reserving about ¼ cup for drizzling. Top with the remaining oats and drizzle with the remaining ¼ cup chocolate mixture.
Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set.
Yum! Delicious, easy, and no need to turn on the oven. Plus, if you want to make a whole bunch of bars ahead of time, you can totally freeze them, too! Just make sure you bring them back to room temperature before enjoying.
So when do you think you will enjoy them? Have you ever made anything similar? Are there any changes you’d make to this recipe, or any ways you can think of to make them even better? Tell us if you give these No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars a try, and of course come back to let us know how they turn out for you!