These chocolate peanut butter no bake bars are filled with oats and chewy, fudgy goodness.
To be honest I probably ate these no bake bars as a meal replacement more than was I should have. But they are just so good! And I would validate my choice with the fact that they have peanut butter for protein and oatmeal which is basically breakfast…right?
no bake bar ingredients
You will need your stove top and a 6-8 quart pan. I like to use my dutch oven but a regular pan will work.
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
3 cups granulated sugar (I use organic)
1/3 cup baking chocolate powder
3/4 cup whole milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter
4 1/2 cups quick or regular rolled oats not thick or steel cut
no bake bar fudge
This is really like a fudge with oatmeal and peanut butter in it, probably why its so good.
Start by melting 2 sticks (1 cup) butter in the pan on medium low heat. When the butter is melted, add 3 cups of sugar (I use organic sugar here), 1/3 cup baking chocolate powder and stir this together. Add 3/4 cup milk and 1 tbsp vanilla extract next. Stir this and make sure the sugar is dissolved.
You want the mixture to bubble SLIGHTLY but NOT come to a boil. Once it bubbles pull it off the heat.
no bake bars goop
Now add the peanut butter. I love using crunchy peanut butter but if creamy is more your style use that. Stir until the peanut butter is all mixed in. Then add the oats and give it a good stir.
Pour the mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish oiled and lined with parchment paper. I line it so the parchment hangs over the long edges which makes it easy to lift out of the pan to cut.
the difficult part of no bake bars
Now its the hard part… waiting! The bars need to cool and solidify for like 8-12 hours or overnight otherwise they are too soft and not bar like.
Once they are ready, use the parchment to pull the whole thing out of the pan and put on a cutting board. I get about 12 bars but you can cut smaller to serve more.
These will last in a jar or container on the counter for about a week. If your house is warm you can refrigerate them. They also freeze well, just be sure to separate layers with parchment or freezer individually first before putting in a bag or container.
no bake bars
- dutch oven
- 9×13 pan
- parchment paper
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks
- 3 cups granulated sugar I use organic
- 1/3 cup baking chocolate powder
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter
- 4 1/2 cups regular rolled oats not thick or steel cut
- Melt butter in pan on medium low heatAdd sugar and chocolate once butter is meltedAdd milk and vanillaStir and let sugar melt fully
- Heat the mixture until a few bubble appear but it DOES NOT boil.Remove from heat
- Add the peanut butter and stir till combined
- Add the oats and stir
- Pour into a 9×13 inch dish oiled and line with parchment paperLet the parchment hang over the long sides of the pan to make it easy to lift bars out when done setting
- Let bars sit for 8-12 hours or overnight. Lift out of the pan using the parchment and place on cutting board. Cut to desired size. I usually get 16 out of a pan but you can go even smaller to serve more. Enjoy!
Now you can make yourself a batch of these yummy peanut-buttery-fudgy treats! Let me know how it goes, comment below or tag me on Instagram @dezthebakist ? dez
If you like these bars you should also try these Fig Oat Bars.
Below are some products to help with this recipe, including my favorite type of jar for storing baked goods on the counter!