Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars Recipe

4.2 / 5 (6 reviews)

Easy, healthy recipe with only 3 ingredients – No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars!

These bars are yummy and easy to make as a naturally sweet treat or snack, but still a pretty healthy recipe too. Packed with natural fiber and protein! Only three ingredients!

I often use the natural peanut butter offered by Skippy, Jif, or Sam’s Club. They are still sweetened peanut butters, but there are some brands out there that have less or no sweetener. So results will vary depending on which kind you use.

Almond butter can be a great option too, especially if there are allergies or other issues with peanut butter. I also recommend using almond butter if you want the bars to be a little less sweet.

This healthy recipe is so simple that it is easy to experiment with different types of nut butter. If you try something different, be sure to come back and let us know what worked well for you!

You can probably make these with quick oats instead of old fashioned, but the texture will be different. I really love the chewy texture of the old fashioned oats in there (plus the old fashioned oats are less processed than the quick oats).

How easy is this?! You just melt together the peanut butter and honey, then mix it with oats and press into a 9×9 pan. Super easy and super tasty. The only down side is having to wait for the bars to set – which may take about 20 minutes or so. You could make a bunch in advance and store them in the fridge or freezer though!

Give this recipe a try! It only takes a few minutes to put it all together. If you like peanut butter, you will love it. And the kids will love it too!

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Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars Recipe

4.2 / 5 (6 reviews)
Prep Time: 20 mins
Yield: 9x9 pan | Serves: 20

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural creamy peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Line a 9x9 pan with foil and spray or grease lightly with healthy oil.
  2. Melt the peanut butter and honey together until smooth. If you choose to do this in the microwave, cook for 30 seconds, then stir, and cook 30 seconds more. Otherwise, you can use the stove top. Combine mixture with the oats.
  3. Press into the prepared pan. Let set in the refrigerator or freezer. Lift the foil to remove the bars from the pan and cut into 20 bars.

Notes

Bars soften at room temperature, so I recommend storing them in the refrigerator.

Recipe Source: Cookies and Cups

Ingredients: Honey, Oats, Peanut Butter
Meal Type: Appetizers and Snacks, Desserts, Clean Eating, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Meatless
Categories: Cookies and Treats, Healthy, Oats, No Bake, Stove Top

Comments & Reviews

  • joyce

    Even healthier and easier would be to line the pan with Reynolds No-Stick aluminum foil; I use it for every single thing that needs to be stick-free, and it’s not let me down in the 20 years it’s been on the market.

    I’ll have to try these bars with pure maple syrup; I detest the taste of honey, and will not have it in my kitchen (I live alone, so can make that choice, thankfully). Should still be very good, especially with almond butter.

  • Amber

    I made variances of this recipe a lot. Today I crushed 2 ripe bananas and substituted for some of the peanut butter. I’ve added dark chocolate chips for a little more taste. I’ve added nuts and freeze dried fruit. We love this recipe in our house because it’s so versatile.

  • Alisha

    Just made mine and added semi sweet dark chocolate chips. Tried figuring the calories and if my numbers are correct these are PRETTY HIGH on the calorie side. Have you calculated the calories for your recipe? I’m curious to know if I’m close at all.

  • Julie

    I will never make these again, they were super dry. There is way too much oatmeal in this recipe. These were so gross to eat,peanut butter on a spoon tastes better than these.

  • Mike

    super easy to make…and eat 🙂
    I used maple syrup instead of honey. great for a post run snack,

  • kwf

    I toast the oats in the oven before mixing them into the peanut butter and honey. It creates a nuttier flavor. And sometimes I add a scoop of protein powder to boost the nutritional value.

  • Shiy

    I made these with my 5 yr old, and they’re great! He is in a constant state of growth, and frequently needs extra protein rich snacks during school.
    I used maple syrup instead of honey (because that’s what we already had in the house), and added Nutella (on top for the full cup of peanut butter). We also used quick oats because we had them on hand. He loves them! I cut some with a cookie cutter, rolled some into balls, and squished some into silicone molds. Some of the molds we’re only half filled, and I filled it the rest of the way with strawberry Greek yogurt, then froze them. This is truly a versatile, and will be played with and loved in our home, thank you!

  • Crystina Hysell

    My daughter and I just made these we used muffin pans and paper cups and topped them off with strawberry and grape jelly they’re cooling in the fridge now so we’ll let you know how they turn out.

  • Megan

    Any suggestions to lesson sugar content? Newly diabetic 😔Trying to find some healthy alternatives with lower sugar and I’m not very handy in the kitchen so I’m a bit overwhelmed. TY

    • Cathy

      Megan! I looked more at this and I have a few other suggestions for you! My favorite low carb recipe blogs right now are I Breathe I’m Hungry (https://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/) and All Day I Dream About Food (https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/). This is another good blog with an article specifically about sweeteners: https://www.lowcarbmaven.com/best-low-carb-sweeteners/

    • Patrick Romig

      Actually with being diabetic these are good for your sugars, you can use these for when you start to feel like you are having a good a sugar crash because of the honey and the peanut butter. The protein in the peanut butter will turn into sugar and help you with energy and the honey will be a quick booster for the moment.

      • Melanie

        Thanks, Patrick. It would also depend on the type of diabetes and how those ingredients affect the individual, but you’re right about the protein and honey being great for some situations! I know for my son with Type 1, it would probably be a great snack before bedtime if his blood glucose is below 100. 🙂

  • Claire

    I agree! These bars were terrible–completely inedible. I followed the recipe exactly and there was not enough PB/Honey for the oats to stick. I then doubled the PB/Honey and still not sticking. What a waste of time and money!

    • Cathy

      I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you! I have made them multiple times and I have been happy with the results. I’m sorry this wasn’t what you were wanting!

  • Tasha

    I made balls using these ingredients but added mapel syrup and rolled them in oats and coconut. Super great and used gluten free ingredients so my daughter can eat them. Really good

  • Sierra

    How long should I chill these for ?

    • Melanie

      Just until they have hardened or set up and are easier to cut. Maybe 20-30 minutes in the fridge and an even shorter time if you use the freezer.

  • Dee

    Hi. Have you tried freezing these to grab and go?

  • Mary

    Used quick oats instead and loved the way they turned out. Better than the regular oats which left them too dry for my taste. Delicious!

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