Have you been in this position? You want something sweet, and you have a craving for peanut butter. But you aren’t in the mood to bake, so cookies or a time-consuming recipe are out.
No bake peanut butter bars to the rescue!
When I don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen, no bake recipes are the way to go.
I threw together this creation in five minutes by combining crunchy peanut butter, sweet honey, crispy bran flakes, chewy oats, cinnamon and protein-packed chia seeds. Truthfully, I thought it was a rather random combination that might not turn out too well, but both Ryan and I thought these no bake peanut butter bars were surprisingly delicious.Print
No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
- Yield: 6 bars 1x
Combine crunchy peanut butter, sweet honey, crispy bran flakes, chewy oats, cinnamon and protein-packed chia seeds and five minutes later you’ll have a delicious batch of no bake peanut butter bars ready for snacking!
- 1/4 cup + 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup oats
- 1 cup bran flakes cereal
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Combine 1/4 cup honey, peanut butter and vanilla in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for approximately 20 seconds. Add cinnamon and stir together.
- Add oats, bran cereal and chia seeds to peanut butter honey mixture and stir until everything is combined and sticky “dough” forms.
- If mixture is not sticking together well, add additional 1/2 tablespoon of honey and stir.
- Press mixture into a shallow pan and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (or overnight).
- Slice into bars and enjoy!
Do you have any favorite no-bake recipes I must try? Feel free to share a link to your favorite no-bake recipe below!
Love the addition of the chia seeds…mighty powerful nutritional boost with an added bit of crunch! Yum!
Alyssa @ Life of bLyss says
You know I’ll be making these soon.
My favorite all-time no bake recipe is Britt’s healthy brown rice crispy treats she made me for my birthday. I’ve made them a few times since, and I can’t. stop. when they’ve on my countertop. http://www.eatingbirdfood.com/brown-rice-crispy-treats/
All of her recipes are so darn delicious!
Aww you ladies are too sweet.
I’m all about no bakes! I have a peanut butter and chocolate no bake cookie recipe that is one of my favorites. It’s just like the no bake cookies my mom used to make only a tiny bit healthier. 🙂
Christina M says
Making these tonight girl!!! They look amazing!! 🙂 I’m going to use my trusty almond butter as a substitute though!!
I think they’d be fabulous with almond butter!! Hope you enjoy!
kristin | W [H] A T C H says
so simple and these look fantastic!
Sarah @ SarahRuns26 says
These look great! I never want to bake anything when it starts to get warm outside, so these would be perfect!
As a fellow lover of no-bake recipes, I’ve gotta share this one:
1 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit (my favorites include cranberries or dates)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup or honey
1/2 cup natural nut butter (I always go for PB, the good old standby)
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed and/or chia seeds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Similar to your recipe, I just throw it all in a bowl and stir until it makes something that can be pressed into either bars or mini muffin tins. I find myself craving this and genuinely choosing it over dessert some days! Enjoy 🙂
And of course stick it in the refrigerator for a bit! 30min will do!
sounds wonderful!! thank you for taking the time to share this!
I can’t wait to try these! No bake cookies are also amazing!
Do you think you could replace the chia seeds with flax seeds? Not sure what the difference in texture what do..
Jessica @ Semi-Sweet Tooth says
These look great! I might incorporate some steel cut oats for good measure, too – YUM!
In terms of recipes, heck – I’m working on even learning to bake well, nonetheless non-bake! I’ll get there one day, but in the meantime, I’m committed to figuring out what ingredients work well together. I’ll have to venture that way (the way of the nonbake) in the near future. 🙂
Erin @ Erin's Inside Job says
These look awesome. I am super lazy in the kitchen and anything that is ready in a matter of minutes is my kind of food! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul says
Yum! I’m craving peanut butter now!
I am going to make these using the fresh ground honey roasted peanut butter from the grocery store. OMG it will be delicious!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
I have to start making some of these no-bake treats I see online! They always look so good and with the summer months coming it’s good to give the oven a break. 🙂
jen (impossible jen) says
3 ingredient energy bars for sure. to good and energy packed to fuel an after work run
1 cup dates (12-15), pitted
1 cup dried fruit
1 cup nuts
blend it all in the food processor, press into a pan and let stiffen in the fridge. i usually cut down to the size of a granola bar.
fav combo: dates, cranberries, walnuts. throw in some chia seeds for fiber if you like.
Taylor DuVall says
Putting this on my list to make next week! Love easy, healthy, delicious recipes 🙂
Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire says
These look so good! They remind me of the other peanut butter bars recipe you posted a few years ago – I still make them ALL the time. They’re so addicting!
For sure try the vegan, no bake brownies with chocolate ganache from Minimalist Baker. They are the bomb! I love all of their recipes!
Katie Ringley says
These look amazing! I just moved back home to Shelby which you might be familiar with from living in Charlotte now! I couldn’t help but think of you when you came up on my newsfeed since I knew you lived in Charlotte now! I can’t wait to see pictures of the precious little one soon! 🙂
I love easy, no bake recipes! My absolute favorite is apparently what is called an Eclair dessert cake! I have always just referred to it as graham cracker pudding cake, but here is a recipe that closely resembles mine (don’t remember mine off the top of my head haha):
Instead of topping with chocolate frosting, I drizzle chocolate syrup in between the layers and on top for some fun. I have also used different flavors of the instant pudding like chocolate and butterscotch. It is definitely versatile.
I never said it was healthy, but it is amazing during the summer since it is so light, cool, and refreshing 🙂
Sheena @ Paws and Pavement says
Those look yummy! With the heat coming it’s great to make treats without the oven.
Have you heard of the neck cooling bandanas?
Found one here:
My mom had one that I would use on hot days. Maybe you can wear one on walks to help keep you cool.
These are soooo good
These sound delicious!! Next time you hit a craving for dessert and don’t want to bake … Try these marshmallow squares! https://runnerinrepair.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/monday-night-confessions-part-2/
The best no-bake recipe I’ve ever made is No-Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Pie! It is SOOOO good– and perfect for peanut butter cravings! I make it way too often, but I never get tired of it 🙂 If you want to check it out, the recipe is on my blog- Mango Slices, http://mangoslices.weebly.com/
Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona says
These look pretty yummy. I’ll have to give them a try this weekend.
Janet Pole says
Just made these with cheerios as bran kills my IBD.
Holly @ Healthy Living Holly says
Yumm!! Who can resist peanut butter? I could seriously put it on anything! These look great, and I love the addition of chia seeds. I went on a big chia kick about a year ago and put them in every meal I made. Chia overload, but a healthy addition, at least!