No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

These no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies are a step above the rest! They’re so irresistible, everyone will ask for the recipe. Much as we love no bake cookies…sometimes they taste a little flat. You know, grainy and sugary, instead of nuanced and irresistible. So we’ve got a new take: these No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are a step above the rest! These are rich and chocolaty, full of dark chocolate peanut butter flavor and sweetened just enough with sugar and maple syrup. They’re beautifully glossy in texture, and the flavor? Let us tell you: when we served them at a party, they went fast. Here are our tricks to the best ever chocolate no bake cookies! Ingredients in the best no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies We took the basic recipe for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies and made them even better. Here are a few of the things that make this recipe stand out: Sugar and maple syrup. Pure maple syrup adds a nuance in flavor, with caramel and brown sugar notes! You’ll still need sugar for the science of these cookies to work, but it’s got less than the standard recipe. Dutch process cocoa powder. Dark cocoa […]

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These no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies are a step above the rest! They’re so irresistible, everyone will ask for the recipe.

No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

Much as we love no bake cookies…sometimes they taste a little flat. You know, grainy and sugary, instead of nuanced and irresistible. So we’ve got a new take: these No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are a step above the rest! These are rich and chocolaty, full of dark chocolate peanut butter flavor and sweetened just enough with sugar and maple syrup. They’re beautifully glossy in texture, and the flavor? Let us tell you: when we served them at a party, they went fast. Here are our tricks to the best ever chocolate no bake cookies!

Ingredients in the best no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

We took the basic recipe for no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies and made them even better. Here are a few of the things that make this recipe stand out:

  • Sugar and maple syrup. Pure maple syrup adds a nuance in flavor, with caramel and brown sugar notes! You’ll still need sugar for the science of these cookies to work, but it’s got less than the standard recipe.
  • Dutch process cocoa powder. Dark cocoa powder is another key to the rich, irresistible flavor (see below).
  • Peanut butter. Nut butter adds a satisfying chewiness to chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies.
  • Old Fashioned rolled oats. Use Old Fashioned whole oats for the best texture, not quick cooking oats.
  • Butter. It’s required here, so they don’t immediately melt at room temp. But all you need is 4 tablespoons.
  • Salt and cinnamon: Cinnamon adds one more hint of intrigue!
  • Milk and vanilla: The milk makes just the right liquid to solid ratio, which is important here.

Can you change up ingredients?

You may be tempted to monkey with the ingredients and add your own spin. Outside of changing up the nut butter, please stick to this recipe! The specific ingredients are key to getting the cookies to set with the right texture. However, you can change up the nut butter if you have an allergy, or add toppings. Scroll down!

No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

Find Dutch process (dark) cocoa powder

Make these no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies with Dutch process cocoa powder, and you’ll never go back! This special type of cocoa powder is easy to find at the grocery, and results in the best chocolaty, fudgy desserts. So skip the regular cocoa powder in favor of the good stuff. Here’s more about it:

Can you substitute regular cocoa powder? Yes! They’re not nearly as good, but we’ll allow it.

Dutch process vs regular cocoa powder
Dutch process cocoa powder vs regular cocoa powder

The key to chocolate no bake cookies: let it boil 1 minute!

So: we have another no bake cookies recipe called Bliss Bites that’s massively popular. But unfortunately, bliss bites don’t hold up at room temperature. You need to keep them chilled for storage, which makes them hard to bring parties or a potluck. These no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies are just right: they hold up at room temperature and have a laminated texture. Here’s how to get this effect:

  • Add all ingredients except oats to a saucepan and boil exactly 1 minute. The timing is important here! Go too long and the cookies will be too crumbly, not enough and they won’t laminate. It sounds weird, but it works!
  • Remove from the heat immediately and stir in the oats. Be exact about this, and the sugar and butter will essentially caramelize, making a coating that holds up at room temp.
No bake cookies

Flavor variations!

We don’t recommend playing with the ingredients in these no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies, but you can definitely swap out the nut butter if you have an allergy. And, you can add fun toppings! Here’s what to know:

  • Almond butter, tahini, or sunflower butter: Swap out the peanut butter for almond butter or sunflower butter if you have an allergy! The flavor is slightly different but still delicious.
  • Sea salt: Love sweet and salty? We highly recommend topping with flaky sea salt.
  • Toasted coconut + sea salt (Samoa): Do you love Samoa Girl Scout cookies as much as we do? Top these no bake cookies with toasted coconut and sea salt, and they taste very similar. You will be OBSESSED!

Storage info

Got a big batch of no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies? Here’s how long they’ll last…assuming you can keep them around!

  • Store refrigerated. Some people say you can store no bakes at room temp, but we prefer the stability of the fridge.
  • They last up to 3 weeks! They taste best the fresher they are, but ours lasted refrigerated for 1 month. So a conservative estimate for these no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies is 3 weeks.
no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies

This no bake chocolate oatmeal cookies recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free (with gluten-free oats).

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No bake chocolate oatmeal cookies

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 14 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 22 to 24 cookies
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies are a step above the rest! They’re so irresistible, everyone will ask for the recipe.


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate or Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except the oats in a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  2. Once it starts rapidly bubbling, set a timer for 1 minute. Stirring continuously with a spatula, boil for 1 minute. Then immediately remove from the heat and stir in the oats.
  3. Make 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized scoops (using a size 40 cookie scoop, if you have it) and them place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten them with a buttered spoon, or press gently with your fingers. (Flavor variations: Top them with flaky sea salt, or toasted coconut and flaky sea salt for a Samoa flavor.)
  4. Freeze the cookies for 10 minutes. Then store refrigerated for up to 3 weeks. 
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Cookies

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

These peanut butter oatmeal bars are the best trick! They’re no bake, easy and healthy; and the flavor is out of this world. Here’s our new favorite trick for healthy treats: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars! These are everything you want in a treat: irresistible sweet peanut-y flavor, chewy texture, and a little drizzle of chocolate on top! These no bake oatmeal bars are like our famous bliss bite cookies, but easier and healthier (if that’s possible). And we can’t get enough of them! Our son Larson often asks with a sly smile if he can have an oatmeal bar: and we’re happy to indulge him. This sweet treat optimizes whole grain oats while hitting it big in the sweet, salty and satisfying department. Let’s get cooking! Though really…there’s no real cooking involved. Ingredients for peanut butter oatmeal bars There are only 5 ingredients you’ll need for these peanut butter oatmeal bars…and two are in the recipe title! That’s the ultimate easy recipe, right there. We love these no bake oatmeal bars for treats, but they’re also great for snacks since they’re mostly just whole grain oats. For breakfast bars, we prefer our straight up Oatmeal Bars: but you could also […]

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These peanut butter oatmeal bars are the best trick! They’re no bake, easy and healthy; and the flavor is out of this world.

Peanut butter oatmeal bars

Here’s our new favorite trick for healthy treats: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars! These are everything you want in a treat: irresistible sweet peanut-y flavor, chewy texture, and a little drizzle of chocolate on top! These no bake oatmeal bars are like our famous bliss bite cookies, but easier and healthier (if that’s possible). And we can’t get enough of them! Our son Larson often asks with a sly smile if he can have an oatmeal bar: and we’re happy to indulge him. This sweet treat optimizes whole grain oats while hitting it big in the sweet, salty and satisfying department. Let’s get cooking! Though really…there’s no real cooking involved.

Ingredients for peanut butter oatmeal bars

There are only 5 ingredients you’ll need for these peanut butter oatmeal bars…and two are in the recipe title! That’s the ultimate easy recipe, right there. We love these no bake oatmeal bars for treats, but they’re also great for snacks since they’re mostly just whole grain oats. For breakfast bars, we prefer our straight up Oatmeal Bars: but you could also eat these for breakfast as well. Here’s what you’ll need for these babies:

  • Old Fashioned rolled oats: Use plain old oats here: not steel cut or instant oats!
  • Peanut butter: We like natural peanut butter with no added sugar or salt, but use your favorite brand.
  • Honey: Honey has the best warm flavor and sticky texture. See below for a few vegan options!
  • Cinnamon: This spice adds just the right nuance.
  • Dark chocolate: All you need is a 1 ounce of dark chocolate — it’s just a hint of the good stuff!
Peanut butter oatmeal bars

Chocolate drizzle is optional

The dark chocolate is optional here: but it’s a great addition! Just the small amount of chocolate adds a great punch, but still keeps the treats on the healthy side. How?

  • Dark chocolate adds just 8 calories per bar! That’s for the large sized bar (see more on that below). We’re not in the habit of counting calories, but we were pleasantly surprised to note that the drizzle doesn’t take it into decadent territory.
  • Also try milk chocolate, peanut butter, or white chocolate. Some variations? Melt semi-sweet chocolate, peanut butter chips, or white chocolate chips into a drizzle. White chocolate and dark chocolate together would also look lovely.

Cut them into large or small servings

Serving size is helpful when you’re looking at healthy treats! These peanut butter oatmeal bars have two size options depending on what you’re looking for:

  • Cut them into 20 bars, 4 x 5-inches. We like small rectangles vs the standard large squares you get if you simply divide a 9 x 9 pan evenly into 16. Call us crazy, but it’s more fun to eat this size!
  • Or go smaller: cut those in half to make 40 bars! Love curbing a sweets craving with a little morsel? Go for 40 small bars: they’re perfect for little nibbles.
No bake peanut butter oatmeal bars

Vegan no bake oatmeal bars

Want to make vegan peanut butter oatmeal bars instead? The honey in this recipe is important for creating a nuanced, warm flavor and the sticky texture. Typically we use maple syrup as a vegan sweetener, but it doesn’t have quite the same texture and sweetness here. We recommend using agave syrup: it’s slightly stickier than maple. But you can use maple syrup if it’s all you have!

How to store peanut butter oatmeal bars

These peanut butter oatmeal bars are the perfect treat to throw in the fridge and gobble up on moments notice! They keep very well in the fridge or freezer; here’s what to know:

  • Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you do the drizzle, wait for it to dry, then place wax paper between the layers. Or just don’t care and stack them, like we do!
  • Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. They also freeze well…and honestly taste great popped out of the freezer too.
No bake oatmeal bars

More healthy bars

We love these healthy bars as a sweet treat that’s not decadent and fills us up with whole grains! Here are a few more healthy bars that taste amazing:

This peanut butter oatmeal bars recipe is…

Vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free. For vegan and plant-based, see the notes above.

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Peanut butter oatmeal bars

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 20 bars (or 40 small bars)
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These peanut butter oatmeal bars are the best trick! They’re no bake, easy and healthy; and the flavor is out of this world.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (no sugar added, or sunflower butter for nut free)
  • 1/2 cup honey (or 1/2 cup agave syrup* for vegan)
  • 4 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate (2 large squares)

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl. Add a sheet of parchment paper to a 9 x 9 pan. Place the ingredients in the pan and press it into an even layer. Use a small glass to roll over the top to get it smooth. 
  2. Freeze the bars for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the freezer and use the parchment to lift it out of the pan. Cut into 20 rectangles (4 x 5 inches) or 40 small rectangles.
  3. In the microwave with short intervals or over a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips, stirring until they come together into a glossy chocolate. If using the microwave, use short bursts of 10 seconds or so and stir after each: be careful not to overheat the chocolate or get any water in the chocolate, which will cause it to seize up. When melted, drizzle over the bars and allow to cool.  You can eat right away, or refrigerate for about 1 hour for a more solid texture. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks (or frozen for several months, placing wax paper between the layers). 

Notes

*Maple syrup is generally our sweetener of choice, but the flavor and texture of honey really make these bars. Since maple syrup is not as sticky as honey, for vegan substitute we recommend agave syrup. 

  • Category: Dessert or Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

Keywords: Peanut butter oatmeal bars, No bake oatmeal bars, Healthy bars

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