These no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars could not be easier to make. They taste like hours of work but they only take a few minutes to prepare.
Cooking and baking are my favorite things, but let’s be honest for a second. I don’t always have the time or the energy to make a four course meal plus a dessert. I actually never serve four course meals but I think you get the point. Sometimes all I really want is something that takes like hard work but really only takes minimal effort.
These no bake chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars are the perfect dessert to make when you’re short of time. These bars only take about a maximum of 10 minutes to prepare. The rest of the time is spent waiting for them to chill. The most difficult part of this recipe is trying to find the chocolate wafers.
Don’t stress if you can’t find the chocolate wafers. You can easily just scrape out the filling of regular Oreos and use those cookies instead. Then you also have a bowl of that delicious cream filling when you’re done which is a win-win in my book.
If you’ve ever had a no bake cookie you will come to realize that this recipe tastes somewhat similar. Since we used the chocolate wafers in the recipe it does tend to deepen the chocolate flavor a bit. If you’re feeling really crazy you can leave the cream filling when making this recipe. My other half said he would have liked it better with the whole Oreo being used. The recipe isn’t very sweet overall so I’m assuming that’s why he came to that conclusion.
This recipe does yield a large quantity and since they’re so rich you may want to cut the recipe in half. I halved the recipe no problem and they turned out just the same. I wrapped mine individually in plastic wrap and stuck them in a large zipper lock baggie and stuck them in the freezer. Now when my boyfriend is craving chocolate or a granola bar he can just pull one out of the freezer in the morning and it will be thawed by lunch time.
These chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars are perfect for any occasion.
- 2 cups (9 ounces) ground chocolate wafers*
- 1 1/2 cups quick oats
- 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
- 1.5 ounces milk chocolate, melted
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter, melted
- Lightly grease a 13 x 9 inch pan and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Using your food processor or blender pulverize the chocolate wafers until they form a fine powder.
- In a large bowl combine the ground chocolate wafers, quick oats, powdered sugar, and salt.
- In another medium sized bowl combine butter, and peanut butter. Melt in the microwave for approximately 1 minute or until everything combines when stirred.
- Mix in the vanilla.
- Add the peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Evenly press the mixture into the prepared pan and refrigerate until firm (approx. 30 minutes)
- Cover the chilled oatmeal mixture with the melted semi sweet chocolate.
- Carefully drizzle the milk chocolate and peanut butter all over the top.
- Chill until set. Cut and store in an airtight container**.
- *If you can't find chocolate wafers you can also use Oreos without the cream filling.
- **Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for as long as 1 month.