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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars | My Kids Lick The Bowl


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These peanut butter bars are my son’s (8 yrs old) absolute favourite snack. He rates them 5 out of 5, so I’ve been making them as a little snack for him during online school.

A woman's hand holding a peanut oat bar decorated with chocolate drizzle above platter of cut fruit.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy no-bake recipe
  • Made with pantry basics
  • Loaded with rolled oats and peanut butter it’s sustaining

Ingredients you will need

To make my peanut butter oatmeal bars you will of course need peanut butter. My peanut butter bars are based on rolled oats, I then use honey, butter and milk to make the delicious peanut butter caramel that hold’s everything together.

A little chocolate is optional if you want to add a chocolate drizzle on top of the bars

The ingredients to make peanut butter bars laid out on a bench top with text overlay.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Peanut butter: This recipe will work with any nut butter
  • Rolled oats: I haven’t tested this recipe with substitutes for rolled oats, but both traditional rolled oats and quick cook oats work fine.
  • Honey: Maple syrup will work as a substitute for honey.
  • Milk: Coconut milk works as an alternative, I have not tested other plant-based milk.
  • Butter: Coconut oil works as an alternative.

I am an ambassador for Countdown supermarket, they support my blog by providing ingredients for recipe creation and testing. I used honey, and chocolate drops from their range in this recipe.


Step by step instructions

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make peanut butter oat bars, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card below.

Step one: Line a loaf tin with baking paper

Step two: In a saucepan place the peanut butter, milk, butter, and honey.

A saucepan with butter, milk, peanut butter and honey.

Step three: Heat and stir over a medium heat until a caramel starts to form. The caramel will darken and thicken and you will be able to create a channel when you draw your spoon through the peanut butter caramel.

A wooden spoon drawing a channel through peanut butter caramel.

Step four: Remove the caramel fro the heat, stir through the rolled oats

A wooden spoon stirring rolled oats through peanut butter caramel.

Step five: Press the peanut butter bar mix into the lined loaf tin, refrigerate for 4 hours

A blue spatula pressing oat bar mix into the base of a lined loaf tin.

(Optional) melt the chocolate and drizzle over the top of the peanut butter oat bars to make a scribble pattern.

Slice, enjoy!

12 Peanut butter oat bars on a wooden chopping board, half drizzled with chocolate.
The drizzle of melted chocoate is optional, I popped it on some of my oat bars but not all.
Three peanut butter bars on a white platter with cut up fruit and vegies.
Serve peanut butter bars with fresh fruit anf veggies to make a balanced snack.

Top Tips

Here is how you can make these no-bake peanut butter bars perfectly every time!

  • The only real tip is to watch the peanut butter caramel like a hawk, you want it to thicken and darken so that it will hold the oat bars together but the worst thing ever is burnt caramel!
  • These peanut butter bars are absolutely delicious but they are best enjoyed from the fridge, they may be too fragile to send in the lunchbox, as they can crumble if they get too hot.
Peanut butter oat bars and fresh fruit and veggies on a white platter next to a container of bars ready to be refrigerated.

FAQs

How to store peanut butter bars?

Store your peanut butter oat bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

I LOVE no-bake recipes especially when I am making them with my kids, if you are after some no heat recipes my weetbix slice, milo balls and bliss balls are great.

If your kids love snack bars then be sure to check out my popcorn bars and energy bars both are great for lunchboxes.

6 chocolate drizzled peanut butter bars on a white platter.

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4 Peanut butter bars and chopped fruit and veggies on a white platter.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars

These no-bake peanut butter bars are utterly delicious, loaded with rolled oats and peanut butter they fuel kids with whole grains, protein and healthy fats.

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Course: Snack

Cuisine: New Zealand

Keyword: peanut butter bars, peanut butter bar, peanut butter oat bar, peanut butter oatmeal bars, no-bake peanut butter bars

Servings: 14 bars

Calories: 207kcal

Ingredients

  • 225 g peanut butter ½ cup
  • 120 ml milk ½ cup
  • 50 g butter
  • 170 g honey ½ cup
  • 250 g rolled oats 2 ½ cups
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips optional

Instructions

  • Line a loaf tin with baking paper

  • In a saucepan place the peanut butter, milk, butter, and honey. Heat and stir over a medium heat until a caramel starts to form. The caramel will darken and thicken and you will be able to create a channel when you draw your spoon through the peanut butter caramel.

  • Remove the caramel fro the heat, stir through the rolled oats

  • Press the peanut butter bar mix into the lined loaf tin, refrigerate for 4 hours

  • (Optional) melt the chocolate and drizzle over the top of the peanut butter bars to make a scribble pattern.

  • Slice, enjoy!

Notes

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Peanut butter: This recipe will work with any nut butter
  • Rolled oats: I haven’t tested this recipe with substitutes for rolled oats, but both traditional rolled oats and quick cook oats work fine.
  • Honey: Maple syrup will work as a substitute for honey.
  • Milk: Coconut milk works as an alternative, I have not tested other plant-based milk.
  • Butter: Coconut oil works as an alternative.

Tips

  • The only real tip is to watch the peanut butter caramel like a hawk, you want it to thicken and darken so that it will hold the oat bars together but the worst thing ever is burnt caramel!
  • These peanut butter bars are absolutely delicious but they are best enjoyed from the fridge, they may be too fragile to send in the lunchbox, as they can crumble if they get too hot.
  • Store your peanut butter bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 191mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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