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No-Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

The love I have for these peanut butter and chocolate filled oat bars is limitless. Not only is there absolutely no baking required, (major plus) but they revolve around my childhood memories and there is nothing better than a warm fuzzy feeling while you are indulging.

I grew up in a semi-quiet, (except for us kids running around skinning our knees) oval shaped neighborhood. Once upon a time, a new girl showed up and everyone wanted to be her friend. The allure of a new person is so great in a small town. We became friends and as our friendship grew her mom introduced me to some desserts and some fantastic foods. (Incoming post: Sauerkraut balls)

Sometimes my cravings tell me that I am ten years old and I want (or need) these bars.

Yesterday, the need became too much and I searched “chocolate and peanut butter oat bars.”  I had no idea there would be no baking involved. (Score!) I sent the recipe I found to my mom via email with the words: “Yes?” Of course, she knew what I was referring to and replied: “Looks like them.” Mom and I have lovely 4 word conversations on a regular basis. We are so sociable.

Without further ado, I present to you a childhood memory: No-Bake Chocolate and Peanut Butter Oat Bars.

Oh… and yeah you have to put these suckers in the fridge for at least 2 hours. I wasn’t thrilled about that either, my apologies.

Do you have a specific food that is linked with your childhood?

Ps. This friend is pregnant and almost to her due date! Congrats B! I’m sure you will make these bars for your daughter as the years go by.


No-Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Yield: 9 bars

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 3 hr 10 minutes


3/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter


In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium low heat. Add in the brown sugar and vanilla extract. Mix to combine. Add in the quick cooking oats and stir. Cook the oat mixture over medium low heat for 4 minutes.

While the oat mixture is cooking, melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwavable bowl. Then set aside.

Lightly grease an 8 by 8 inch baking pan. Press 3/4 of the oat mixture in the bottom of the pan. Pour the melted chocolate and peanut butter over the oats.
Take the remaining oat mixture and crumble it over the chocolate/peanut butter.

Refrigerate the bars for at least 3 hours. Then cut into squares and enjoy!

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32 Responses to “No-Bake Chocolate & Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars”

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    Jamieanne — March 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    They look messy but very yummy! Might have to give these a go soon! I love foods that remind me of my childhood! 🙂

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    Rochele (@girlygirlpotter) — March 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    My heartfelt thanks for posting this recipe. My husband and I used to buy these from a cafe when we first started dating and I just made a batch and they are in the fridge cooling. Can’t wait until he gets home! I’ve also linked this to my KeepRecipes.com account for my friends and family.

    • Samantha replied on — March 7th, 2012 at 8:37 am

      That is SO SWEET!!!! Let me know if they turned out like the ones you use to buy from the cafe, very interested to know.

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    Charissa — March 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Wow…looks fantastic! Too bad I’m off sugar right now…(sniff).

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    ATasteOfMadness — March 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Chocolate! peanut butter! oatmeal! These are a few of my favorite things… 🙂 They look great!

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    what katie's baking — March 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    oh my… these look GREAT!

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    Jamieanne — March 6, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Hi again, just curious…. do you think this would taste alright if it were to be made with Nutella instead of peanut butter? Perhaps reduce the sugar by quite a bit. What do you think??

    • Samantha replied on — March 7th, 2012 at 8:36 am

      I think I saw a recipe out there that replaced the peanut butter with biscoff spread which is just as sweet as nutella. They used the same amount of sugar but you could try it with 1/3 or 1/4 of a cup? let me know, it sounds great with nutella!

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    Danguole — March 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Love the addition of oats to this! Classic. 🙂

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    beti — March 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I’m a fan of healthy snack which is why I made granola bars a while back, looking at your bars made me rethink about that they look delicious

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    Sandy — March 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Any nutritional info on this? Thanks!

    • Samantha replied on — March 11th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      I quickly calculated a rough estimate of calories for you: about 350 per bar if you cut them into 9 bars. If you would like other nutritional values then I will get back to you ASAP.

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    Corrie Anne — March 9, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Wow! My husband would love these!! I mean, me too, but I’m sure he would eat 95% before I got a chance!! Haha.

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — March 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    These bars look amazingly delicious. Oh, my yumminess. I cannot wait to make them for my littles. Like, maybe this afternoon. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

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    Lisa S — March 10, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    I just made these and they are cooling in the refrigerator. I have a question though…When I added the oatmeal to the butter/ sugar mixture it absorbed in pretty quickly and was like a crumble topping. It was not soupy at all…so I cooked it on the stove for about 4 minutes while I melted the peanut butter and chips. I’m thinking that as everything cools and hardens, the butter and chips, it will set. Anyone have problems? I’ll keep you posted. Thanks

    • Samantha replied on — March 11th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Lisa, It wasn’t suppose to be “soupy” so I think you did everything correctly. Let me know how they turned out??? I Hope they were okay!

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    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — March 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I just had to let you know that I made these last night, and they were delicious. I might have even had one for breakfast with a cup of tea this morning. Just do not tell my littles. 🙂

    • Samantha replied on — March 11th, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them! I won’t tell anyone 🙂

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    Gretchen — March 13, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I made these the other day – delicious! and not messy at all. All ingredients were already in my pantry. I was very unsure of the crumble topping setting up, but it did and it was excellent (also, I didn’t realize until afterward that I’d used regular oats rather than quick-cooking). Thanks so much for a wonderful, easy treat!

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    Helen | Living Longingly — March 14, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Hi Samantha, I just wanted to let you know that I found this post on Pinterest over the weekend and made a vegan version of the bars the next day! Thank you so much – they are DELICIOUS! I posted about it (with full credit to yourself and Gingerbread Bagels, of course) on my blog: http://livinglongingly.com/post/19282054151/recipe-chocolate-and-peanut-butter-oatmeal-bars

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    Emily — March 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Just came to your site! How did you know ~ My favorite combination is chocolate and peanut butter! Will have to try these!!

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    Jenn — March 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Do you keep these in the fridge after they cool or can they stay out?

    • Samantha replied on — March 30th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      They can stay out! 🙂

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    Elizie — April 17, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    You must have read my mind, I love this recipe!
    I made these the other day and they were great…they’re better than Reese’s. =)

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    Vallie — July 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Made these. Delicious! Was perplexed about the crumbly oatmeal, butter and brown sugar mixture. Can’t really cook it for 4 minutes-too dry. I did increase the butter by another 1/4 it helped some. I wonder if the addition of another liquid might help.

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    Carolina Gypsy — August 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Made these for dessert this evening and they turned out great. Due to a Gluten allergy, I used Gluten Free rolled oats. I also used organic products for all the other ingredients.

    They are a bit rich and the oats were a bit chewy (due to having to use the normal GF kind I’m sure!), but overall they were a big hit and super easy to make! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Exa — September 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    So very good…It’s amazing how good. Doesn’t last long in this house, and so very easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Melissa Massey — December 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

    What is the nutria all value on these? It looks very good 🙂 thanks for sharing

    • Samantha replied on — December 17th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      I just calculated it via myfitnesspal.com and it was roughly 450 calories per bar. (about 9 bars in a batch) 49g carbs. 30g fat. 7g protein. Hope this helps. 😀

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    Melissa Massey — December 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Nutritional ^^


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