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Seriously you guys, these bars are one of the easiest recipes ever to make. They're an old family recipe and they're one of the treats I remember my mom making over and over again during my childhood. Since I've had my own kitchen I've probably made these a thousand times and they have never, ever failed me.
This recipe makes 9 large squares and while they're not a super healthy choice, they are gluten-free and can be made dairy-free as well. Each square also packs in about 3 grams of protein and about 3 grams of fibre, which is more than you can say about most desserts! I know you will love these as much as our family does!!
Want to see more of my tried and true family recipes? Try my Grandma's Easy Fudge Brownies or this Banana Layer Cake with Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting!
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars (makes 9 bars)
1/2 cup butter (or coconut oil)
1/2 cup milk (or almond milk)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp dutch processed cocoa powder
6 tbsp all-natural smooth peanut butter (or almond butter)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups gluten-free large flake oats
an 8x8 or 9x9 square baking pan, greased (with butter or coconut oil)
Prepare your square baking pan by greasing it lightly with butter or coconut oil.
There are two ways to make these bars and it's really up to you which way you do it. I've described the stove-top method below but if you're more into using your microwave then feel free to microwave the butter, brown sugar, milk and peanut butter for 2 minutes instead of combining them on the stovetop. I've demonstrated this in a video which you can find on my YouTube channel (and while you're at it, SUBSCRIBE for more awesome videos and tutorials!)
Stovetop method: To a saucepan over medium heat add the butter (or coconut oil), milk, brown sugar and salt. Allow the butter to melt over the heat and stir the ingredients together with a wooden spoon as they heat up. You don't need to stir constantly, but be sure to stir often so the sugar doesn't burn.
Stir or whisk these ingredients together until they're well blended and you're left with a thick, chocolatey mixture.
Stir in the oats.
Cover the baking pan with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or set in the freezer for up to an hour. I often refrigerate overnight because it really helps the bars to stay together when they're cut.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comments below, what's your favourite no-bake treat?
Want more recipes like this? Try this Rhubarb Streusel Cake or these Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars!