No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars are healthy, gluten-free and vegan peanut butter oatmeal bars made with only 6 wholesome ingredients!  

overhead shot of no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars sliced into squares

I’ve been making these no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars for months now, and it’s about time I’m sharing them with you.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably caught me making them in my stories a few times.  Because these bars are in the regular snack rotation!

These peanut butter oatmeal bars are great for snacks, but what I really love about them is that they’re versatile enough to enjoy for breakfast, and even as a sweet treat.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

I created these no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars when I was on my Low FODMAP elimination diet.  While I was on the diet for a few months, I had to be really strict about what I ate, and steered clear from packaged snacks.

Even my favorite KIND bars were off limits, and that was hard on me.

These bars were the answer to my snacking prayers, as they only include 6 ingredients that fit into my diet, and they agreed with my digestion. 🙂

They’re not too sweet, they have big peanut butter flavor, and they have a delicious chewy texture from the oats, and a nice crunch from the cacao nibs.

no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars in pan after drizzling with chocolate

Ingredients for healthy peanut butter oatmeal bars

What makes these no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars healthy?  They contain wholesome ingredients that you can pronounce, with no refined sugar or artificial ingredients.  

They also happen to be gluten-free, dairy free and vegan!

The ingredients are as follows:

  • Peanut butter
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Rolled oats
  • Cacao nibs (optional for crunch!)
  • Dairy free dark chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil for the chocolate topping
  • sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)

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How to make No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

These bars are so easy to make, and only require 5 minutes of prep time.  The hardest part is waiting for them to set in the refrigerator, but I promise they’re worth the wait. 🙂 

  • Line an 8×8″ baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Place the peanut butter, maple syrup and cacao nibs in a medium bowl and stir to combine. If the peanut butter is too solid, melt it slightly in the microwave to make it easier to stir.
  • Add the oats and stir until combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

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  • Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in small microwaveable bowl. Heat for one minute, then stir. Heat another 30 seconds, then stir until smooth.

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  • Drizzle the chocolate over the bars, and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Chill for a minimum of 3 hours or until set, then cut into bars.

Recipe tips and substitutions

  • I used natural peanut butter with no added sugar and very low salt for this recipe.
  • The chocolate drizzle on top of these bars is optional, but highly recommended.  It is included in the nutrition information.  Regular chocolate chips may be substituted for dairy free.
  • The cacao nibs add a nice crunchy texture that I love.  If you don’t have any on hand, omit them or substitute with chocolate chips or even chopped dried fruit.
  • Store bars in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

close up front view of no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars stacked up

Hungry for more snack ideas?  See all of my snack recipes.

More healthy gluten-free snacks:

Blueberry banana oat bars

Healthy oatmeal muffins

Peanut butter banana chocolate chip oat bars

Peanut butter granola

Strawberry peanut butter smoothie bowls

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Yield: 9 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars are healthy, gluten-free and vegan peanut butter oatmeal bars made with only 6 wholesome ingredients! 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs (or sub with mini chocolate chips)
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8" baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Place the peanut butter, maple syrup and cacao nibs in a medium bowl and stir to combine. If the peanut butter is too solid, melt it slightly in the microwave to make it easier to stir.
  3. Add the oats and stir until combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  5. Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in small microwaveable bowl. Heat for one minute, then stir. Heat another 30 seconds, then stir until smooth.
  6. Drizzle the chocolate over the bars, and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Chill for a minimum of 3 hours or until set. Cut into bars and enjoy!

Notes

  1. I highly recommend using the cacao nibs. They give the bars a great crunchy texture!
  2. Substitute the maple syrup with honey or favorite sweetener.
  3. Regular chocolate chips may be used in place of the dairy free.
  4. Store bars in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405 Total Fat: 25g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 19mg Sodium: 351mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 14g Protein: 15g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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