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No bake peanut butter oatmeal bars

Simple and delicious No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars are easy to make with just 4 simple ingredients! A combination of creamy peanut butter, honey (or maple syrup), rolled oats, and dark chocolate chips are combined to create the perfect snack or healthy sweet treat.


  • Creamy peanut butter: We typically use natural peanut butter with no added oils, sugar, or salt, but use your favorite brand. For an added crunch, try crunchy peanut butter.

  • Sweetener: For best results, we recommend using honey. It has the perfect sweet flavor and the sticky texture helps to bind all of the ingredients.

  • Rolled oats: Use regular old-fashioned rolled oats, not steel-cut oats or instant oats.

  • Chocolate chips: The recipe calls for dark chocolate chips, but feel free to use milk chocolate chips. To keep these vegan and dairy free use nondairy chocolate chips.


  1. Heat peanut butter and honey: In a microwave-safe bowl, add peanut butter and honey (or maple syrup) and heat in 20 seconds increments until melted. Mix to combine.

  2. Combine with oats: Add the rolled oats to the bowl of the peanut butter and honey mixture using a spatula and mix until they are well combined.

  3. Add chocolate chips: Fold in the chocolate chips and mix to combine again.

  4. Transfer to pan: In an 8×8-inch pan, place parchment paper. Lightly spray with non-stick spray. Place the peanut butter oats mixture into the pan. Press down using your hands or spatula.

  5. Chill to set: Place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes until set. Cut into 16-20 squares and enjoy.

Expert tips

  • Pressing the oat mixture: The oat mixture will be a bit sticky. To make it less messy when pressing it into the pan, dampen your hands or spatula before pressing.

  • Lining the pan: Be sure to line the pan with parchment paper and then spray it with nonstick cooking spray to make it easy to lift the bars out of the pan.

  • Cutting the bars: We cut these into 16 medium-sized bars. You can also make them a bit smaller and cut them into 20 bars.

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