No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars! This delicious cookie recipe comes together in 10 minutes & is gluten-free & vegan-friendly!

Ok people, I know I said that these were my favorite Christmas cookies of all time…but they have been de-throned. That’s right. These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars are my new love. Yes, I have made them many times, but at this particular moment in my life all I want to do is eat these beauties all day long. For real, I shared one with my husband, and a bite with each of my kids….then ate the rest all by my pregnant self. #noshame

If you can’t tell, I’m all about quick and easy. These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars only take 10 minutes to put together! Then all you have to do is wait for them to set {the agony} and dive right in! They are gluten-free and you can easily make them vegan and refined-sugar free too!

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars! This delicious cookie recipe comes together in 10 minutes & is gluten-free & vegan-friendly!

I mean, just look at them. A thick band of chocolate peanut butter goodness layered between two buttery sweet oatmeal cookies {basically}…a girl’s cookie dreams come true.

If you’d like a thinner layer of chocolate/peanut butter in the middle {why?!}, simply decrease the amount of each ingredient by 1/4 of a cup! These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars are so easy to make and the recipe is very straightforward! They are everyone’s #1 pick when present on a tray of cookies…without fail!

Just a note: Be sure to let the bars come back to room temperature {after setting in the refrigerator} before you cut them. This ensures straight lines and easy cutting!

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars! This delicious cookie recipe comes together in 10 minutes & is gluten-free & vegan-friendly!

A Few Notes on Substitutions: 

Butter

For a vegan version, substitute the butter with Earth Balance vegan butter. I do not recommend coconut oil in this recipe because it has a much lower melting point than butter and may not set properly {or fall apart/melt} at room temperature.

Brown Sugar

For a refined-sugar-free version of these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars, substitute brown sugar with coconut sugar {or any other un-refined granulated sugar of your choosing}.

Peanut Butter

If you have a peanut allergy, feel free to substitute the peanut butter with almond butter or sunflower seed butter {or cashew, or pecan, etc}.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars! This delicious cookie recipe comes together in 10 minutes & is gluten-free & vegan-friendly!

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars

10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 9 large, or 16 smaller cookie bars

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8”square baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Make the chocolate peanut butter layer:
  3. In a large, microwave safe dish, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter. Start by heating for 60 seconds, then stir and heat in 30 second intervals until completely melted and smooth. Set aside.
  4. Make the oat layer:
  5. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Stir in brown sugar and sea salt. Stir until well-mixed and sugar is dissolved.
  7. Add vanilla and stir until combined.
  8. Turn heat to low and add oats. Cook on low for about 2 minutes, or until ingredients are well combined.
  9. Putting it together:
  10. Press about half of your mixture into the bottom of your prepared baking dish with a greased spatula. (Reserve the other half to sprinkle on top).
  11. Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture gently and slowly over the bottom layer. Reserving about 2-3 TBS to drizzle on top.
  12. Very gently crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate peanut butter layer. Gently move/press it into place, making sure the entire top is covered.
  13. Drizzle the top with your remaining chocolate/peanut butter mixture.
  14. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight (until chocolate is set).
  15. Let the bars come to room temperature again before cutting into squares! Serve and enjoy!
  16. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (if they last that long)!
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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars! This delicious cookie recipe comes together in 10 minutes & is gluten-free & vegan-friendly!

Can you believe Christmas is ONE WEEK from yesterday?! Like seriously I absolutely cannot even fathom that it is already here! I am very much looking forward to celebrating! We always go to church {remember, my hubby is a pastor…plus Jesus is the reason for the season!}, then out to dinner {any of my SLC friends have recommendations for restaurants open on Christmas Eve}? We then go home, change into our Christmas PJs and watch a fun Christmas movie while eating lots of cookies! I’m so grateful we get to establish some really fun traditions with our kids!

Question: What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? 

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