No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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I have this secret that I’ve been carrying around with me my whole life. I’ve always been too scared to tell anyone for fear of what they would say. I want to tell you, but if I do will you promise not to call me names and leave me?

I’ve never eaten oatmeal before.

No, really. I’ve never eaten oatmeal. I mean, sure, yes, I’ve had it in cookies, but I’ve never just sat down with a bowl of oatmeal and ate it. I’ve never even tasted it in that form before. It just looks so icky and, if we’re being honest, a little bit creepy. Like maybe the oatmeal actually wants to eat me, instead of me eating the oatmeal.

You aren’t calling me names, are you?

I hope not, because I think I’ve finally decided to try oatmeal. I made these delicious no bake oatmeal bars yesterday and I actually tasted the plain oatmeal crust and, man, it was good. I doubt regular breakfast oatmeal tastes like this crust does (people don’t generally put 3/4 of a cup of butter in their morning oatmeal, do they?), but I’m willing to give it a go.

For now, let me show you these delicious no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars. And, yes, they are fairly similar to the chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies I just made, but these don’t require baking, are in bar form, and, well, they’re just different, okay?

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This recipe is super simple. You melt 3/4 of a cup of butter on the stove, add in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of brown sugar and 3 cups of quick cooking oats. Cook them over low heat for 3 or 4 minutes and then be brave and take a bite. It’s oatmeal and it’s yummy! The mixture is fairly thick and gloppy (mm, appetizing, no?), but that’s how we want it. Just use a spoon and scoop half of the oatmeal into a buttered 8×8 dish and press it down.

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Add 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of peanut butter (smooth or chunky, your choice) to a microwave safe bowl and microwave until it’s all melted together. You’ll have to stop the microwave and stir every 30 seconds or so to avoid burning the chocolate.

Pour the chocolate and peanut butter over the top of the oatmeal crust, reserving a couple spoonfuls to drizzle over the top of the bars.

Gently press the reserved oatmeal on top of the chocolate and peanut butter, drizzle with the remaining chocolate and peanut butter and then refrigerate for a few hours.

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Go ahead, try ‘em. Just be sure to eat them all as fast as you can before the oatmeal decides to eat you first.

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large sauce pan over low heat. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla, and oats. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Press half of mixture in to the bottom of a buttered 8 x 8 dish.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the chocolate and peanut butter, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and blended. Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the crust, reserving a couple of spoonfuls to drizzle over the top.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate and peanut butter, pressing gently to form a crust. Drizzle the remaining chocolate and peanut butter over the top of the bars.
  4. Refrigerate for 3 hours before cutting and serving.
http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2009/09/13/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-oatmeal-bars/

Adapted from allrecipes.com

 

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103 Responses to “No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars”

  1. aj March 19, 2010 @ 12:36 pm (#
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    must look away………..
    but cannot!!!!!!!
    (proceeds to lick the monitor)

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  2. Deb Hasheider April 7, 2010 @ 8:31 am (#
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    I love the photo’s, keep them coming. Can’t wait to try this on the grandkids, parents don’t complain, it’s oatmeal!

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  3. Emily May 9, 2010 @ 1:00 pm (#
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    these are delish! i also used almond butter, brown sugar splenda, & dark chocolate as substitutes!

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  4. miss j May 19, 2010 @ 5:34 am (#
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    These bars look delicious. And of course oatmeal tastes better when it’s been toasted with sugar and butter!

    Here’s a tip on using the microwave to melt chocolate to ensure it doesn’t burn: your microwave has different power levels, and I have found that 50% power is ideal for chocolate. Chocolate tends to hold its shape in the microwave so it’s hard to judge if it’s ready just by looking at it, so heat your chocolate at 50% for 2 minutes, then take it out and stir it – and heat again at 30 second increments if it still needs more melting. Just make sure to use a spoon that is dry as water is the enemy of chocolate.

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  5. Erin at the healthy apron June 22, 2010 @ 1:28 pm (#
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    Oh me oh My!! A must try!!

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  6. Vanessa @ Mom's Menu Planning June 26, 2010 @ 4:14 pm (#
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    I love anything with peanut butter in it…chocolate and oatmeal are an added bonus! These look yummy :)

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  7. Ashley June 28, 2010 @ 8:52 am (#
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    I never liked oatmeal but have come to like steel cut oats! These bars look delicious. Love that chocolate peanut butter layer.

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  8. Kayla July 9, 2010 @ 1:03 pm (#
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    Karly, Karly, Karly. I can’t believe you have never had warm, gloppy oatmeal for breakfast! Shame on you!

    Well, I love oatmeal. It’s what I had for breakfast only a few short hours ago! I’m going to share my breakfast oatmeal recipe with you, I want you to try it and tell me how you like it. I promise it’s not disgusting! You’ll love it!

    Alright, I use instant oatmeal. Just prepare it like it says on the packaging…mix water and oats, then microwave. When you take it out of the microwave add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoons chopped walnuts and a small handful of craisins (or raisins). Stir it all together and enjoy! It’s good!! I promise!

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  9. ShawnDell July 13, 2010 @ 7:19 am (#
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    I saw these last night and had to make them! Yummy! Really simple and tasty. I couldn’t wait the full 3 hours for them to chill, only made it a little over an hour and they were fine. Next time though I’m going to make sure I have the quick cooking oats.

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  10. Biryani Recipes July 14, 2010 @ 2:23 am (#
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    Wow amazing. I have seen many sweet recipe but this is a best. I am very enjoy reading your post. Such a great Chocolate Butter Peanut bars.

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  11. Jess July 22, 2010 @ 6:49 pm (#
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    I made these bars tonight for a tasty desert for dinner with my sister! So Delish! They were quick and easy to make and were the perfect little treat after a yummy meal! Thanks for posting this!

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  12. Beverly August 1, 2010 @ 10:13 pm (#
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    Wow, so good looking! Why not make them instead of buying breakfast bars!

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  13. sir jorge August 1, 2010 @ 10:46 pm (#
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    that looks so easy

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  14. Debbie T. August 7, 2010 @ 4:05 pm (#
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    I just have to say that this looks like a great recipe and I’m a gonna be making them tomorrow.
    As for oatmeal…it’s a miracle food as far as I’m concerned. Quick oats are fine, but I much prefer old fashioned oats. The kind you have to cook for a few minutes before you eat them. The texture is wonderful. It’s also the type of oatmeal I like to use in baking unless otherwise called for. I also eat mueseli. I get a wonderful one at the store that has whole hazelnuts in it along with shaved coconut, banana chips, dried papaya and pineapple, brazil nuts pieces. I eat it cold with milk or you can put it in the microwave and heat the milk and cereal in the winter. I add cinnamon and either raw sugar or honey. But just a touch because it’s so good you don’t need much sweetner. Plus the health benefits of oatmeal should far outweigh the fear of it eating you..LOL.
    Thanks for the recipe :)

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  15. Jessica September 13, 2010 @ 6:21 pm (#
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    Just made them! They are delicious, everyone loved them! So simple and quick! Will definitely make them again.

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  16. Ben October 15, 2010 @ 7:04 pm (#
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    I love the recipe, but when I made it, I decided to make some alterations you might enjoy:
    I had (left over from a pie I made) a caramel sauce. So I decided to double the PB & chocolate inside. Then I took the sauce and heated it up with some oatmeal and a little cream. As the cream evaporated the oatmeal set a little bit, but let’s be real….it was about the caramel sauce. So basically it was your same amazing recipe, with a creamy caramel oatmeal layer in the middle.
    Thought you might enjoy that.
    Thank you!

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  17. Creative February 14, 2011 @ 11:53 am (#
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    Look very delicious, thanks so mach

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  18. fajas colombianas May 5, 2011 @ 10:41 am (#
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    Yummy breakfast in a bar? what more could you ask. These look very delicious and mouth watering. Thanks for the share.

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  19. K May 14, 2011 @ 7:21 pm (#
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    can I use regular oats instead of quick cooking? I can’t wait to make these and I don’t want to go to store

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  20. Liz May 23, 2011 @ 2:05 pm (#
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    I made these on Friday and they were delicious. My only question is, after I took it out of the refrigerator the oats did not stick very well together, it was falling apart. What can I do to make sure the oats are stuck together???

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  21. ?? ???? May 29, 2011 @ 1:23 am (#
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    i know this recipe will be the end of me but it looks so delicious that i have to make it.

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  22. Cindy June 14, 2011 @ 2:12 pm (#
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    I have been putting off making these because I am afraid that I will eat the entire pan. Well, I just made them and they were really easy to make. The oats don’t seem to cook down too much so I hope that is how they are supposed to be. They look delicious and now I am just waiting out the three hours. Will post a comment again after I get a chance to try them. By the way, your pics are great!

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  23. Cindy June 17, 2011 @ 11:38 am (#
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    OMG! These are wonderful. These were quick and easy to make. They are delicious and I will surely make them again. My husband took one to work and his boss kept looking at it. My husband offered him half and he was amazed. Not only are they appealing to the eye, but appealing to your taste-buds too.

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  24. Suzanne June 23, 2011 @ 11:39 pm (#
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    Awesome recipe! I made these with my 3 year old this morning. They were super easy to make and taste awesome. I doubled the chocolate because I’m a freak about chocolate and wanted to taste it more than the peanut butter. So yummy! I love them cold right out of the fridge. Thanks!

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  25. Jessi July 7, 2011 @ 12:21 am (#
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    I just stumbled upon this recipe, and normally I bookmark a recipe and move on, but I’ve never had oatmeal either outside of a cookie, and now I love you and you’re a total stranger, which is probably just as weird as never having eaten oatmeal, and I’m totally going to find the follow button now.

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  26. Jazz July 27, 2011 @ 1:51 am (#
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    I think the pictures you take of your baking are amazing, and they really inspire me! Both to take pictures of my baking and to try out your recipes. You’re awesome.

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  27. Colleen August 3, 2011 @ 9:38 pm (#
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    We just made these ….Yummy and I forgot the vanilla…oops

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  28. Allene August 4, 2011 @ 9:03 am (#
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    Oh my goodness these look fantastic…and whoever thought to add cinnamon, that sounds positively divine. :D

    For breakfast oatmeal, the trick is definitely in the mix-ins. My current fave is with cardamom (cinnamon is good too) and either raisins or frozen berries. Once its cooked, stir, top with butter, brown sugar, and milk, and enjoy. :D

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  29. Brittany August 12, 2011 @ 3:49 pm (#
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    I just made these today and they are absolutely to die for! I couldn’t even stop eating the oatmeal portion – and that was BEFORE there was any chocolate involved! My family thought they were amazing, and it was such an easy recipe!! Wow. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Madi @ Sit Down and Eat Your Peas! September 13, 2011 @ 9:57 am (#
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    Wow! Fancy nobakes with oatmeal crust?! I like oatmeal for breakfast..I LOVE oatmeal in crust! What completely sold me? Mamabug saying they had one with coffee-that.is what I want for breakfast tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. Erin October 7, 2011 @ 9:11 pm (#
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    Ahhh, I made these a few months ago and they were soooo good! I found myself munching on the oatmeal/butter/brown sugar mixture before I assembled the bars, too. Yum! I’m gonna have to make them again sometime soon!

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  32. Park City Lodging October 14, 2011 @ 12:39 pm (#
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    This is a wonderful recipe, thanks so much for sharing. You did a great job with the images too; I will definitely try this recipe this weekend.

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  33. Jessica November 10, 2011 @ 5:00 pm (#
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    This looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! It combines all of my favorite things, ESP peanut butter and chocolate. I could live on the two. I will def whip this up next time I need a chocolate fix!

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  34. Maria of Culture-ist January 11, 2012 @ 6:37 pm (#
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    It’s made with oatmeal so it has to be totally healthful right? ;) Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

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  35. Tracey February 17, 2012 @ 11:51 pm (#
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    I replaced the peanut butter for corn syrup and they worked very well…..the “no peanut” rule at school was happy

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  36. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden October 22, 2012 @ 6:40 am (#
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    Great dessert, I like it very much!

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  37. Bread Pudding Recipe January 6, 2013 @ 10:57 am (#
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    Thank you very much for such a wonderful oatmeal recipe and making it easier to read and prepare.

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  38. Carrie January 28, 2013 @ 9:12 pm (#
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    Yum, just made these and adding them to my repertoire of easy and tasty treats. I used a little less butter and added cinnamon, but otherwise followed the recipe. My crust was a bit crumbly, but that just meant I got to nibble on the bits that got left behind in the pan. :)
    I love oatmeal with walnuts, raisins, a hearty dash of cinnamon, and some applesauce or thinly sliced apple.

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  39. Ann @ PersnicketyBiscuit June 13, 2013 @ 2:57 pm (#
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    I made these to take to a party and my friends could not stop eating them! I’ll be making them again this weekend :-)

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  41. Megan October 28, 2013 @ 8:56 pm (#
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    These look amazing! However someone in the house has a nut allergy, Is there anything you can suggest to substitute for the peanut butter?

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    Karly Reply:

    @Megan,

    A thick caramel would probably work well!

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  42. Meghan @ Wherever Times December 12, 2013 @ 10:28 pm (#
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    Made these for a Cookie exchange and they were a huge hit, will making these again soon!

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