No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Squares
Although these peanut bars are made with healthier ingredients, they make for such a delicious treat. Chewy, sweet and a lil' salty these no-bake bars will get rave reviews no matter where you bring them. They are a perfect after school snack or sweet treat to pack in lunches.
What You Need To Make These Bars:
The best thing about these bars is that you probably already have everything to make them in your pantry right now!
Oats: The base of soooo many good snacks and treats. Old fashioned rolled oats work best here, they will absorb the syrup and peanut butter well and maintain the texture you want when refrigerated.
Peanut Butter: The creamier the better. Why don't you give our all-natural peanut butter a try?
Date Syrup: Dare syrup is naturally sweet and has such a complex flavor, which is why it's one of our favorite things to sweeten baked goods with.
Dark Chocolate: If you can, use high quality dark chocolate - it will make all the difference.
Lightly Salted Toasted Peanuts: You can buy lightly salted peanuts like these, or you can simply buy raw blanched peanuts & roast them yourself, it's up to you!
And that's it! All natural, accessible, healthy ingredients that won't send you on a hunt.
What Can I Use Instead Of Date Syrup?
If you have date syrup we really recommend you use it but if not, not to worry as any as maple syrup, agave syrup and honey all work well here.
Are These Peanut Butter Bars Healthy?
Since we are using natural sugar, peanuts and dark chocolate to fill these bars rather than butter and sugar these snack bars are healthy and relatively low in calories. Packed with protein from the peanuts and fiber and other important nutrients from the oats these make a great high energy snack that will help keep you fueled throughout the day.
How to Make Oatmeal Peanut Butter Bars:
For such a delicious treat these are so quick and easy to make and they require little to no skill or equipment. Here are the steps to follow:
- Heat peanut butter & date syrup in 20 second intervals in the microwave.
- Mix together and add oats stirring and folding until thoroughly mixed.
- Pour this mixture into a baking pan and smoothen it into a tightly packed layer.
- Use a double broiler or microwave to melt chocolate. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth.
- Pour the chocolate over the crust and sprinkle with peanuts.
- Freeze for 30-40 mins or until firm.
How Do I Store These Peanut Butter Bars?
These are good for 4 to 5 days as long as they are stored properly in an airtight storage container. You can also store them in Ziploc baggies, wrapped in plastic wrap, or left in the original dish but covered tightly with plastic wrap.
Can I Add Anything Else To These Bars?
The absolute best thing about these oatmeal bars (minus the taste) is how easily customizable they are. You can stir in seeds, chopped pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips - you name it! You can have as much fun as you like with adding and substracting ingredients from this recipe to truly make it your own. Also, other nut butters such as cashew or pecan butter will work in place of the peanut butter!
Indulgent yet healthy, these peanut oatmeal bars are no bake, no fuss and virtually no guilt!
Line a 8x8 inches baking pan with parchment paper
In a medium microwave-safe bowl add peanut butter & date syrup
Heat in 20 second increments in the microwave and mix.
Add oats and stir and fold until thoroughly combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
Use a rubber or wooden spatula, smooth in an even, tightly packed layer. Set aside.
Use the double broiler or microwave to melt chocolate.
Add the peanut butter and stir until smooth.
Pour this chocolate mixture over the crust.
Sprinkle with the peanuts.
Freeze for 30-40 mins, or until firm.
Remove from the freezer and slice into 16 squares.
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