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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars (No-Bake)

Ahhhh, Pinterest. How we love thee!

This recipe is yet another wonderful thing I discovered on Pinterest. I was able to quickly whip these up today with ingredients that I always have on hand. Gotta love non-complicated, fast and easy recipes!

Cate took a bite and said, “Wow! These taste even better than they look!” I’ll take that! They basically taste like no-bake cookies, but I like that they are in bar form – it’s much easier to make them look pretty!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars (No-Bake)
From Love Veggies and Yoga (I rewrote the recipe so it’s shorter and reflects exactly what I did”¦click through for a more thorough description some options for making the recipe vegan)
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 stick butter (4 ounces)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3½ cups oats (I used Quaker rolled instant oats)
  • chocolate chips to sprinkle on top (butterscotch or peanut butter chips would be good, too)
  1. Line an 8×8 pan with foil and spray with cooking oil.
  2. Combine and melt butter, white sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder and milk in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat – bring to boil, let boil for 90 seconds, stirring continuously, then remove from heat.
  3. Add peanut butter and vanilla (vanilla can bubble up on you, so add carefully). Mix until smooth. Stir in the oats.
  4. Pour into pan, spreading evenly. The mixture will be very hot so be careful! Give it a few minutes to cool, then press a handful of chocolate chips into the top.
  5. The original recipe says to put them in the freezer for an hour. I did this and they were very hard to cut. I had also used waxed paper instead of foil with spray. I could not for the life of me get the bars to pop out of the pan – it was crazy town. I think if I had just refrigerated for 20 minutes or so they would have been set and much easier to work with.


  1. 1
    Kim 2

    Oh, I am so going to make these……right now! I have been craving oatmeal chocolate chip cookies all week and planned on making a batch this weekend, but these bars look better!

  2. Glad you made them!

    I changed the language in the post to say
    “Place pan into the freezer and freeze at least 30 minutes, or until bars have set up, before slicing and serving.”

    Typically people are in a hurry, don’t wait for things to set up, then make a total mess! So I guess I “pad” my estimates a bit because I know this.

    And yes, foil (sprayed) for a reason, not wax paper 🙂

    Glad you liked them. And looks like you followed my recipe to a T based on your reprinting. Glad it worked for you!

  3. No bake in a bar? Seriously why didn’t I think of that before? The only problem with no bakes is how they look. Problem solved!

  4. 4

    Oh yes… can not wait to try these… they sound delish!

  5. 5

    Mmm, so much easier to ship this way too. My mom would send me these in cookie form in college. I’d eat the crumbs with a spoon, but this way there are fewer crumbs! Yum!

  6. Oh my goodness I have to try these! I’ll probably have to make two batches, otherwise there won’t be any left for me with the guys I have living in my house 😀

  7. 8
    Nikki CB

    These look so delicious!

  8. I posted a similar recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Granola Bars yesterday, but I baked it. Looking back on it, I don’t really think I need to bake it, if I boil the first few ingredients. thanks for this tip! I’ll try not baking it next time 🙂 Love your blog.

  9. 10
    Wendy D

    Can’t wait to try these – I’m a kindergarten teacher who was introduced to pinterest over Christmas break and I love it! These look yummy!

  10. 11

    These have so much sugar. Is there any way to cut it by at least half? They sound great, otherwise.

    • Jane Maynard

      hi julie…I’m really not sure. you could maybe google no-bake cookie recipes and see if there are any lower-sugar options…but my sense is this just may be a decadent treat that calls for lots of sugar! 🙂 the cocoa was pretty rich, so I feel like it kinda sorta needed the sweetness…but if you try cutting sugar, let us know how it goes!!

  11. 12

    I made these today and took your advice and just stuck them in the fridge. I used foil and parchment paper and they pulled out of the pan just fine, but were still REALLY hard to cut. I think next time I’ll just leave them on the counter to set up at room temperature. They’re so delicious, bring back great childhood memories!

    • Jane Maynard

      I think that’s smart and I might try that next time, too – just leaving them out to harden. and I’m glad you loved them – total childhood memory food! 🙂

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