Healthy Baked Oatmeal Bars

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These Peanut Butter Coconut Baked Oatmeal Bars are the healthy, easy, and no-bake dessert or snack! They are made in 5 minutes with 7 ingredients and are gluten and dairy free! Also, they have no refined sugar and are vegan.

These unbaked peanut butter and coconut oat bars are one of our favorite healthy treats! They are made with just 7 ingredients and combine in 10 minutes and are so delicious that your kids will think they are eating dessert when they are really eating a healthy snack!

These unbaked oatmeal bars are a combination of all my favorite things … peanut butter, chocolate, coconut, and honey. Mmm! Plus, they're not baked, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and SO easy to make!

Seriously, combine the wet ingredients, then add the dry ingredients, mix and press in the pan. Melt a little chocolate and peanut butter, then drizzle or spread on top and you're done. The longest (and most challenging) part of this unbaked oatmeal bar recipe is letting the bars cool down enough to eat without dirtying them.

I just have to tell you that these unbaked oatmeal bars are delicious that my 8 year old daughter Bethany ate one and said, "MOM, next year on my birthday I want instead of cake."

That girl lives for dessert, birthday cake. Start thinking of ideas for your cake in July … and your birthday is in January. (Priorities) So it goes without saying that when she says "I want these," it means we have a serious recipe on our hands.

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How to make oatmeal bars without baking

These Peanut Butter Coconut Baked Oatmeal Bars are SO easy to make, but let's take a look at the step-by-step process to ensure your success!

Step 1: combine the wet ingredients

Combine honey, peanut butter, and vanilla and stir to combine. I used Crazy Richards peanut butter, which is natural, making it very smooth, liquid, and easy to stir.

If you're using firmer peanut butter (one that's solid at room temperature), I recommend gently melting it with honey in the microwave or on the stove until it's easy to stir. Then add the vanilla once the honey and peanut butter combine!

Step 2: add the dry ingredients

Then add the dry ingredients and stir until everything is combined and the mixture is uniform throughout. As you can see below, the mixture should be firm but not thick.

  • If the mixture is very wet add more 1 tablespoon oatmeal at a time until it reaches the correct consistency.
  • If the mixture is very dry. add more honey or peanut butter until it reaches the correct consistency.

I hope you don't encounter any of these problems! But in case you do, there are some solutions for you!

Step 3: press the mixture into a baking dish

Using a spatula or oiled hands, press mixture into bottom of 8 × 8 ″ baking dish and set aside but DO NOT cool.

Step 4: Prepare the Chocolate Peanut Butter Topping

Simply melt the chocolate and peanut butter in the microwave or on a stovetop over low heat until the mixture is smooth and shiny. See the recipe card for a refined version without sugar (without using chocolate chips)!

Step 5: add topping and cool

Pour the chocolate / peanut butter mixture on top of the bars into the baking dish and use a spatula to spread it evenly. Place the unbaked oatmeal bars in the refrigerator to harden, or let them sit at room temperature until the chocolate is ready (this takes much longer).

Step 6: cut the oat bars and serve

Be sure to remove the unbaked oatmeal bars from the refrigerator before the chocolate is completely ready, otherwise it will be difficult to cut them.

Baked oatmeal bars: ingredients and substitutions

As always, I recommend making this recipe exactly as written, but here are some possible substitutions!

  • Old fashioned oatmeal. Quick-cooking oatmeal can be used here, you may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of additional peanut butter to prevent the bars from crumbling too much!
  • Almond flour. If you have a family nut allergy, simply increase the amount of oatmeal by 1/4 cup and skip the almond flour. You can also substitute all-purpose gluten-free flour!
  • Peanut butter. Any nut or seed butter should work well in this recipe, however depending on consistency you may need to adjust the amount used.
  • Honey. Any liquid sweetener will work well in this recipe, however honey is my favorite! For a vegan version, use pure maple syrup.

Unbaked oatmeal bars (with peanut butter and coconut)

These Peanut Butter Coconut Baked Oatmeal Bars are the healthy, easy, and no-bake dessert or snack! They only take 5 minutes to prepare and are gluten and dairy free! Also, they have no refined sugar and are vegan. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooling time 30 minutes Total time: 40 minutes Servings: 16 bars Calories: 188kcal

Ingredients

For bars:

  • 1 cup traditional gluten-free oatmeal
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut (grated)
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup of honey
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

For the chocolate topping:

  • ¼ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter

Refined sugar-free topping option:

  • ¼ cup chocolate, minced sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

Instructions

For bars:

  • In a small bowl mix together oatmeal, coconut, and almond flour. Set aside
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl or stovetop pot, gently melt the peanut butter and honey until smooth. (If your peanut butter is liquid at room temperature, simply mix the honey and peanut butter without heating them.)
  • Add vanilla and salt (to taste… I love sweet / salty, so I use ½ teaspoon) and stir until combined.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Spread in an 8 × 8 ”skillet and set aside.

For coverage:

  • Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter on the stovetop or in the microwave (start by heating for 60 seconds. Stir, then heat in 30-second increments until smooth).

Refined sugar-free topping:

  • In the microwave or on the stove, gently melt the chocolate, honey (or maple syrup) and peanut butter.

Putting it all together:

  • Sprinkle or spread melted chocolate / peanut butter on the bars.
  • Let the bars settle on the counter or in the fridge until the chocolate settles.
  • Cut and serve at room temperature or cold!
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories :: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Polyunsaturated fats: 2.2g | Monounsaturated fat: 3.6g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 11.4 g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.5mg

You have to make these chocolate bars with peanut butter and coconut. like right now.

If you like this recipe, here are some others to try:

These healthy peanut butter blondies

Fudgy brownies paleo (give them a try!)

This Puppy Chow (gluten free and dairy free)!

And my favorite black bean brownies!

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