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No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

Creamy chocolate layered between a soft brown sugar and oatmeal crust makes these no-bake oatmeal chocolate bars a yummy go-to treat.

If you’re craving chocolate or something sweet, these no-bake oatmeal chocolate bars with a touch of peanut butter will satisfy your craving with minimal effort and a few simple ingredients.

No-bake oatmeal chocolate bars make a quick and easy dessert, especially in the summer months when it’s too hot to use the oven. These bars are perfect for a picnic or barbeque, you may want to make a double batch because they are a big hit and go fast. Oatmeal chocolate bars aren't just for dessert; they make a yummy, filling snack.



Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving enough paper to hang over the edges of the pan. This step will make it easier to remove the bars from the pan.

If you want to double this recipe use a 9x13 baking dish.

Chill the no-bake oatmeal chocolate bars until they are completely firm. This step ensures the bars set and holds their shape.

Slice the bars at room temperature.

Store in the refrigerator.

You can substitute almond butter instead of peanut butter if you want a peanut free version.

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Can I use old-fashioned oats instead of quick oats?

Yes, you can use old-fashioned oats as a replacement. The oatmeal chocolate bars will be chewier with more texture. Old-fashioned oats take longer to cook. If you are going to use old-fashioned oats I recommend cooking the oatmeal mixture on low for 4 minutes. Quick oats are steamed for a longer period of time, rolled, and cut into thinner, smaller pieces which allows them to cook faster.



Oat layer

1 cup salted butter

½ brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups quick oats

Chocolate peanut butter filling

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ peanut butter


Start with the chocolate peanut butter mixture first so the chocolate can cool slightly. Work quickly with your oat mixture. You want the mixture soft so it easily presses into the pan.

How to make no-bake oatmeal chocolate bars

Start by lining an 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave for 30-second intervals. Stir between each interval until the chocolate and peanut butter is melted thoroughly.

In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, and vanilla heating on low heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Once the brown sugar and butter are melted, continue on low heat and stir in the salt and oats. Cook on low for two minutes.

How to assemble no-bake oatmeal chocolate bars

1. Press half of the oat mixture into the bottom of the parchment paper-lined baking dish reserving the other half for the top layer. The back of a spoon works well to spread and press the mixture. You can lightly grease the spoon.

2. Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the bottom oat layer.

3 . Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate peanut butter layer. Gently press it into place making sure that the whole top is covered.

4 . Cover and refrigerate the oatmeal chocolate bars for one to two hours or until the chocolate is set.

5. Let the bars come to room temperature and cut them into squares. Serve and enjoy!

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