Tuesday, March 19, 2013

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

I don't know how I got to be this old without ever eating these amazing bar cookies. It's like chocolate peanut butter fudge trapped in the middle of a granola bar! They were so very easy to throw together even without a kitchen since we are remodeling this month.(You probably noticed the fancy paper plate - it's all I have right now.) I put these together using an electric frying pan on the bathroom counter in the basement and the microwave which is in it's temporary resting place on top of a dresser in the family room. They were enjoyed by all - I think we have found a new family favorite! 

Here are the step-by-step photos for those who need a visual - 

Cook oat mixture - if you look really close in the upper right hand corner you'll notice the toothpaste and toothbrushes since I am dong this on the bathroom counter. I also have to do it in the dark since the electric frying pan with the lights turned on blows the circuit. Kitchen remodels are always an adventure!

Melted chocolate chips and peanut butter

Press 3/4 of oat mixture into bottom of pan.

Spread with melted goodness.

Top with remaining oats.

Voila! One of the best desserts you can make without a kitchen!

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
6 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups creamy peanut butter

Melt butter in saucepan (or electric frying pan.) Stir in brown sugar, vanilla, and quick oats. Allow to cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Meanwhile, mix peanut butter with chocolate chips in a glass bowl. Melt in the microwave on 50% power for 1-2 minutes. Stir and put back in the microwave, if needed. Spray a 9x13 pan with vegetable spray. Press 3/4 of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of the pan. Spread the melted chocolate mixture over the oatmeal. Top with remaining oatmeal mixture. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours to allow to set. Enjoy! Makes 48 squares.

Adapted from Sweet Remedy


  1. You want to know what's funny? I specifically Googled this recipe to find something I could make while my house is dismantled for remodeling. LOL! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have - we get to move in to the new kitchen the end of this week - hooray!