My kids go through bread faster than I can buy it, or in the winter, faster than I can make it. Toast in the morning for breakfast (for one), sandwiches for lunch, for all of them. Everyday it seems. Every once in awhile I like to make them something different to change things up. We have made delicious pizza muffins, which are always a hit. But these no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars are pretty darn good too.
No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
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I figured peanut butter is such a hit in my house, I go though those big 2kg things of Kraft peanut butter in two weeks, give or take.
I also go through the big club boxes of oatmeal from Costco every two weeks because two of my kids eat it like crazy for breakfast, so oatmeal should be a hit as well right?
Mix everything together, minus the chocolate chips you plan to use them, but you don’t have to.
Mix it really well. Simple. My four year loved making this.
Then line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Press firmly into your pan. Melt your chocolate chips to drizzle or spread over the top. Nutella would probably work good here too instead. of the chocolate chips.
You can also use peanut butter substitutes for those with allergies, or for sending to school.
Refrigerate for at least an hour, longer if you can. These are not going to firm up like granola bars do, which I was kind of hoping for but you can still pick them up to eat them without too many crumbs.
- 4 cups quick oats
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- 4 tbsp canola oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup + 2 tbsp warm water
- ¼ cup chocolate chips, melted (optional)
- Mix everything together, minus the chocolate chips you plan to use them.
- Mix it really well.
- Then line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.
There ya go, easy to make no bake peanut butter oatmeal bars that you can have for breakfast or lunch. They are great for making ahead and handing out as your kids get and start asking for breakfast.