No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars - These delicious treats taste like chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough! Made with healthy ingredients, no baking needed!
It seems almost every day, I look at the clock when it's 12:34 p.m.
My husband suggests electromagnetic forces, but perhaps this is when culinary brilliance hits?
I created these bars during this time, so let's call it genius.
No baking required
Baking can be so fussy, so it's nice to make a dessert that's a bit more laid back.
No-bake treats also come in handy during the hot summer months when the last thing anyone wants to do is heat up the house via the oven!
These were inspired by my Double Layer Chocolate Cookie Bars.
I found myself continually eating just the top half or saving it for last, like the cream in an Oreo, so I decided to make an entire pan of just the cookie dough layer.
With the next batch, I added peanut butter, and a star was born.
Can these be made without milk?
Some kind of milk (whatever you tolerate and/or like) should be used in this recipe. It adds a creamy texture, as well as flavor.
Keep in mind that these bars will last only as long as your milk, so keep them in the freezer, and they will last longer
You can substitute water, if you like, but they won't be as creamy.
Is it okay to eat raw oats?
The main reason behind not eating raw oats has to do with the phytic acid content. Phytic acid is known in many health circles as an 'anti-nutrient' because it can bind to useful minerals, like iron and zinc.
Phytic acid is the main reason behind the soaking of various grains and nuts/seeds, as the soaking process lowers the acid's binding ability.
I've seen phytic acid villianized for years, but did you know there are benefits to it?
I became particularly interested in the benefits after being exposed to mold, as phytic acid is a binder for mycotoxins (toxins produced by mold).
Ergo, eating raw oats can have benefits (and they're delicious!).
I find these highly addictive!
Every time I pass by the fridge, my hand is magnetized to them!...maybe that's what I'm supposed to be doing at 12:34 p.m.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
- 2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup milk of your choice
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅛ teaspoon salt use 1/4 teaspoon if using unsalted peanut butter
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon optional
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 75 grams oat flour (about 3/4 cup)
- 3 Tablespoons chopped dark chocolate or cacao nibs
- Begin with room temperature ingredients. This is important, as coconut oil will clump when mixed with anything that is cold.
- Whisk the peanut butter, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon until well combined.
- Whisk in the coconut oil.
- Stir in the oat flour.
- Top with chocolate or mix it in.
- Pour the mix into a well-oiled 7 x 5 inch Pyrex dish (or another small container).
- Freeze until set.
- Cut and enjoy!
WW Points: 4