No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

These bars are sweet, oaty and nutty with a smooth chocolate peanut butter filling. Made with just 8 wholesome ingredients. The recipe comes together effortlessly for a lush sweet treat that's pretty healthy, vegan and gluten-free.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Freeze time: 2 hrs
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No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

Here’s a scrumptious recipe for No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars. They are sweet, oaty and nutty with a smooth chocolate peanut butter filling. 

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free. Made with just 8 wholesome ingredients, this recipe comes together effortlessly for a lush sweet treat that’s pretty healthy.

I especially love to make these no-bake chocolate oats bars in the summertime. Since it doesn’t require me turning on my oven and adding more heat to the house!

You can keep these sweet treats in the freezer and pop out a square whenever you need. Mitch and I are really enjoying them as an after dinner dessert. 

So, let me tell you exactly how to make these No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars.

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Healthy No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars 

the ingredients

Ingredients

The ingredients for this recipe are simple, straightforward and relatively healthy. Using wholesome, unrefined ingredients. It’s likely you already have them in your pantry.

For this recipe you will need:

  • coconut oil
  • maple syrup
  • gluten-free rolled oats
  • cinnamon
  • sea salt
  • vanilla
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • peanut butter

As you can see, there are only 8 ingredients for making these sweet and lush no-bake treats. Anyone can do it! Which is why I’ve given it my newbie cook stamp of approval.

I’ll also mention that the photo above showcases coconut sugar, instead of maple syrup. This is because during my recipe testing I first tried with coconut sugar, however I had much better success my third time around, using maple syrup. (For better texture and consistency to the oaty base).

That’s right, I recipe tested these oat bars THREE times! So you can rest assured that this recipe has been tested to perfection. 

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars: Tips & Notes

As I mentioned, this recipe is pretty simple and straight forward. But a few tips will help ensure that your no-bake chocolate oat bars are perfect. 

Firstly, I like to line my square dish with parchment paper, to ensure we can easily remove the bars from the dish without it adhering to the pan. 

Secondly, when handling the oaty mixture, things can get a little sticky. Especially as we press the first oaty layer into the pan to create the base. I like to wet my hands with a little bit of water when doing this. As it helps to create a barrier between the sticky oats and your fingers. 

Peanut Butter for these Oatmeal Bars

For this recipe I opted in for chunky peanut butter, to add a little crunch to the squares. It’s delicious. But you can also use smooth – depending on your preference. 

However, what is important is ensuring you are using an “all natural” peanut butter for this recipe. It’s a much healthier version to the conventional kind (which is often laden with sugar and hydrogenated oils).

Natural peanut butter has a runnier consistency, and it works really well for this recipe.  Here’s an article about the difference between natural peanut butter vs. conventional. 

Chocolate for these oatmeal bars

For this recipe I’ve opted in for vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips by Enjoy Life. Of course you can use whatever brand is available to you. If you’re vegan however, just be sure to check the ingredients list on the back of the package.

Most of the time, semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate are actually naturally vegan; made without milk ingredients. I like to call this being “accidentally vegan.” But some brands can be sneeky. So, check the back of the label before purchasing just to be sure.  

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So there we have it! A sweet, oaty, chocolatey and nutty treat to enjoy for snack time or dessert. I really think you’re going to love these choolate oat bars! And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations.

No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

These bars are sweet, oaty and nutty with a smooth chocolate peanut butter filling. Made with just 8 wholesome ingredients. The recipe comes together effortlessly for a lush sweet treat that's pretty healthy, vegan and gluten-free.
no bake chocolate oat bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freeze time 2 hours
Serves 16 squares

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a saucepan drop in coconut oil and maple syrup. Bring to a simmer on medium high heat and stir to combine. Lower heat and pour in gluten-free oats, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla. Stir everything to combine, then remove from heat.
  • Add 2 inches of water to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Place a heatproof glass bowl on top, making sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the simmering water. Add semi-sweet chocolate chips and peanut butter. Stir gently until everything is melted, smooth and combined. Remove from heat.
  • Line a square baking pan with parchment paper (I used 9x9-inch square pan) and pour in half your oat mixture. Press the oats mixture into the bottom using your hands to make a solid firm base. Then, pour in 3/4 of your chocolate peanut butter filling for a smooth even layer. Next, sprinkle with remaining oat mixture and drizzle with remaining chocolate peanut butter mixture. (Optional to also drizzle with more all-natural peanut butter for a chocolate peanut butter top).
  • Freeze bars for at least 2 hours, or until solid. Let sit thaw for 10 minutes, then cut into squares.

Notes

Bars will keep in freezer for up to 2 weeks. Let sit for 10 minutes to slightly defrost before eating.
It helps to slightly wet your hands with water when pressing the oat mixture to make the firm base. This will stop them from sticking to the mix.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate. 

Approvals

NUTRITION FACTS

Calories:267kcalCarbohydrates:22gProtein:6gFat:18gSaturated Fat:10gCholesterol:1mgSodium:94mgPotassium:208mgFiber:3gSugar:9gVitamin A:6IUCalcium:28mgIron:2mg
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Allergies

VEGAN – GLUTEN-FREE – NO-BAKE – RAW – REFINED SUGAR-FREE 

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  1. I tried these and the results were delicious, but the oats didn’t adhere to the chocolate at all—they were basically just loose in the bottom of the dish. Any tips for what might have gone wrong/how to avoid this next time?

    • Hi Julia! Thanks so much for the kind comment about these bars! I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with adhering. These bars are naturally crumbly as they are no-bake, but should have stuck relatively well as in the photos above. My recommendation would be to really tightly pack the base into the bottom as best you can so make a solid base. I hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Wow this is such a sweet treat! My husband and I loved it! I used an 8×11 glass baking dish and forgot to line it with parchment paper, but it luckily came out of the dish without trouble. I used a larger dish to make thinner bars. This recipe is delicious! You’re so right, such a great summer dessert to make that doesn’t require the oven. I can’t wait to share this recipe with friends and family!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed them Krystal! And glad you also find them to be a great summer dessert! I think I’m going to have to make them again very soon!! Thanks for the sweet comment.