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Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars recipe with almonds, oats, coconut flakes, natural peanut butter and honey or maple syrup, without a trace of refined sugar or graham crackers. | ifoodreal.com

OMG these healthy no bake peanut butter bars! 6 squares you see was everything we had left in 2 days. That is all I got to photograph. They were so good, we ate them all, even my 4 year old gobbled them up and 8 year old was away camping. That means 3 of us ate a lot of peanut butter oat bars.:) All they contain is almonds, oatmeal, peanut butter, coconut flakes and a bit of maple syrup. You can add maple syrup and chocolate chips as much or less as you want. And these healthy no bake peanut butter bars are ready so quick and no baking required. 

I really have been working hard on myself this year to ignore all noise in my head about calories, exercise, looks and a constant feeling of guilt not doing enough of smth…Too much pressure for no reason. I got way better enjoying myself and my family more. So, yes these peanut butter bars call for a whole cup of peanut butter, contain no stevia and no protein powder. Just whole foods. I feel like I went through a whole journey finding out my diet and coming back to basics – eating whole foods and moderation is key. And I really do not support ANY of the diets – Whole 30, Paleo, Low Carb, No Yeast, Gluten Free, 21 Day Fix etc. A bunch of rubbish that works only temporarily more likely with health consequences in the future. All marketing, all about money making just like weight loss and pharmaceutical industries. Just saying, do your research before you wreck your health. I have been there and glad I woke up!

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars recipe with almonds, oats, coconut flakes, natural peanut butter and honey or maple syrup, without a trace of refined sugar or graham crackers. | ifoodreal.com

So I’m not scared of peanut butter. It is full of healthy fats. I will be lying if I say I love almond butter more. I don’t. It is just OK for me. We love peanut butter. I buy glass jars of organic unsalted peanut butter at a time. My only secret wish is that Alex will get to stir a new jar. Probably almond is more nutritious but honestly does it really matter when we eat mostly plant-based and organic? Like really am I gonna hurt my health?!

Both are nuts and good for us. I won’t lose any sleep over nut butters. Just like I wouldn’t lose any sleep over too much arsenic in brown rice. Come on, can’t eat kale 24/7. I don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, don’t eat junk food. I really should sleep well and I do. Like all these limitations drive me bananas. There is so much noise nowadays and everyone has access to internet writing different stuff. We eat organic and mostly plant-based, end of story. And yes we eat gluten, again in moderation and organic. What is up with all this gluten free craziness?! Reminds me of the low fat fad so much. Just watch, it will be over soon as well. Eat more fruits and veggies and you won’t have to worry about gluten. And an occasional whole wheat biscuit or sprouted grain toast won’t hurt you.

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars recipe with almonds, oats, coconut flakes, natural peanut butter and honey or maple syrup, without a trace of refined sugar or graham crackers. | ifoodreal.com

On the note of nutrition, a this week a friend pointed out a blog, Rebel Dietician, of a registered dietician Dana. I think she is my twin sister just with education of a dietitian. So much good info on Clean Eating and Dana exactly covers all the questions I ever had like Fruit Has Too Much Sugar and How Much Protein Do We Need (the name is almost identical to my protein post). Check it out.

Make these healthy no bake peanut butter bars and let me know what you think. I was seriously thinking not posting Nutritional Info anymore for many reasons. People get so hung up on calories, I get emails about WW Points someone counted differently all the time etc. Seems like a waste of time counting calories to me, period. But then I think nutritional breakdown gives people a good understanding of what whole foods are made of.

Question is: do you care about Nutritional Info below or not?

Enjoy these peanut butter bars!

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a food processor, add almonds and process on High until finely ground. Add oats and process more until finely ground. Add coconut flakes, cinnamon, salt and vanilla extract; process for 30 seconds.
  2. Add peanut butter and maple syrup, process until combined. You might have to stop a few times and scrape down the walls. Add 3/4 of chocolate chips and pulse a few times.
  3. Line 8" x 8" square baking dish with parchment paper and transfer dough into it. Flatten with spatula. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top and flatten more with spatula or using your hands, pressing chips into dough. Refrigerate for a few hours of freeze for 30 minutes. Cut into 16 squares and enjoy chilled.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 7 - 10 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 16

Amount Per Serving = 1 bar:
Calories: 222.2
Total Fat: 15.7 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 36.8 mg
Total Carbs: 16.4 g
Sugars: 6.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g
Protein: 6.5 g
WW Points+: 6

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22 Comments

  1. Katy | Her Cup of Joy

    I love how easy this is to make! PB is my favorite, but I buy the plastic bottle kind, still sleeping well, maybe I’ll start looking for a glass bottle after I run out in my pantry 😉

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    • Olena

      Check out a few stores. I found a brand that isn’t expensive. I try to buy all fats in glass jars. However, coconut oil and dairy products are a problem. I do as much as I can.

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  2. Olga G

    Great post! It’s not real foods that make people over weight and cause their health to suffer. It’s over processed food. Of course everything in moderation but you can’t go wrong with back to the basic all natural ingredients.

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    • Olena

      America is the most obese country with the most sugar free, no fat, gluten free products in the world. Crazy!

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  3. Lori Delgado

    Olena, These sound so yummy! My favorite things in life are dark chocolate and peanut butter. i absolutely loved your post and totally agree with everything you said! I eat very healthy and exercise 2 hours a day because it makes me feel good but never feel like I am on a diet. I just enjoy eating healthy clean foods and not processed. Thanks !

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  4. Heidi

    I love that you include the nutritional info because I have to count carbs to know how much medication to take and seeing the rest is handy so I know if I need to make any adjustments. It’s so nice to have a break from calculating it myself.

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  5. Cheryl

    I have a slight allergy to almonds do u think this could be made with out almonds

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    • Olena

      You could use sunflower seeds, walnuts or hazelnuts instead. You need a substitute to make up in volume otherwise bars will be too runny.

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  6. Veronique

    Thanks for the lovely recipe. I’m going to try it this weekend and I’m sure my friends and I are going to enjoy it very much.
    I just have a question, I’m not crazy about coconut flakes can I add more almonds and oats instead ?
    Thank you very much for your answer.

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    • Olena

      Yes, you can do that. You won’t need much extra oats and PB since coconut flakes are very light and kind of “dissolve” in batter. However, you won’t taste them as much as PB flavour is strong.

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  7. Sarah Forgrave

    I so agree with your views on extreme diet tactics. I’m a certified wellness coach and can’t tell you how much damage I have to undo with my clients from all the messages floating around out there. Great post and recipe!

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    • Olena

      Right?! I can only imagine what you have to hear. I’m not certified anyone but most stuff I hear about nutrition from regular moms doesn’t make sense. It all comes from Internet and this marketing hype of all things that make money. I’m always mesmerized how people are willing to find the next easy way out aka magic pill instead of looking down the root of the problem – just eat what you are meant to eat and you won’t have all those problems. Stop telling me you have celiac by self diagnosing and removing pizza from diet but still eating gluten free fruit loops. And not willing to do a doctor’s test for celiac. It is ridiculous what I hear. Duh you will feel better without processed junk but it is not gluten necessarily. Unfortunately this society has a long way to go in terms of food and I’m afraid we and our kids are paying for it with our health. Sad.:(

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  8. JJ

    I made these and they’re delicious, but turned out a bit dry and crumbly, maybe next time more maple syrup? Any other suggestions?

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    • Olena

      Really?! What type of PB you used? No, I wouldn’t add more sugar. Not worth it. Add a splash of water or almond milk next time – oats will absorb it and act as a glue.

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    • Olena

      Hi again. So I remade these bars yesterday again, double batch because I love them, and had no problem at all. You have to press and pat dough with spatula well to form one brick. Maybe that was the issue or the measurements were off. I had no problem with the recipe at all.

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  9. Cathy

    We make these weekly. We store them individually wrapped in the freezer and toss them in lunch boxes and road trips coolers all the time. My kids love making them. simple, easy, super clean and way yummy. Thanks Olena.

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    • Olena

      How do I make my kids like these peanut butter bars? I don’t get it – oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips – everything they like and they don’t wanna eat them. Darn it. However, I tried only once. I will try one more time – this time I made them with cacao nibs so no wonder. Maybe I will make them a bit sweeter too. Glad to hear you are having success with these.:)

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  10. Ayesha

    Hi Olena, I made these bars today to take away on long haul flight to India from UK, I have just tasted the first bar and I absolutely love it, it’s not only delicious but also very filling. I am taking half batch with me and giving half to my sister. I am sure she will love it too.

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    • Olena

      Hi Ayesha. Wow, you are ahead of me. Bars are very filling, half a batch will last you to India and back haha. I will make these with almond butter for my flight back from Mexico, great idea!!!!!!! Have a safe flight!!!

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