No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

These no bake peanut butter bars have a thick layer of sweet oatmeal and a rich and fudgy chocolate peanut butter center. They’re very similar to your favorite no bake cookie recipe, but they’re in bar form!

Well, how was it?

Did you enjoy your Mother’s Day with lots of extra pampering and breakfast in bed?

My kiddos snuck a humongous card into my room in the middle of the night so that I would see it first thing this morning. In the card they wrote, “Love you mom. You’re irreplaceable and so is our love for you.” Aaaaaand, then I cried, because how do I have such adorable children?

These no bake peanut butter bars are made with layers of oatmeal, chocolate, and peanut butter. They're so easy and you don't even need to turn on the oven!

Later my daughter made me a second card and put a $20 bill in it as a gift. Ha. That girl cracks me up, but I didn’t keep her money. She’s normally a stingy little thing, so I was pretty honored that she’d offer her limited supply of cash up, though.

These no bake peanut butter bars are made with layers of oatmeal, chocolate, and peanut butter. They're so easy and you don't even need to turn on the oven!

We hosted Mother’s Day dinner at our new house. We’ve only been here a week and we had 23 people over for dinner. Things went pretty smoothly and I’m calling our first round of entertaining in the dream home a major success!

I hope you guys all enjoyed your day too. I know it can be a tough day for a lot of you, but I hope it was the best it could be and you were surrounded by loved ones.

These no bake peanut butter bars are made with layers of oatmeal, chocolate, and peanut butter. They're so easy and you don't even need to turn on the oven!

We had quite a bit of dessert yesterday, of course. Any excuse for extra dessert! One of the treats I made was these No Bake Bars! They’re super similar to your standard no bake cookies, but I mixed the recipe up a bit by turning them into bars. There is an oatmeal layer, topped with a fudgy chocolate peanut butter layer, and then another layer of oatmeal. I think these are best straight from the fridge, but they hold up well at room temperature too. I love how quick they are to whip up.

I originally shared this recipe on the blog back in 2009 and it was one of my most popular recipes for a long time. The photos aren’t that great, though, so I thought I’d bring them up from the archives and give them a little makeover.

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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

Directions:

  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.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate and peanut butter, pressing gently to form a crust.
  4. Refrigerate for 3 hours before cutting and serving.