by Olena

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

by Olena

5 from 1 reviews

Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

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. 

Peanut butter in jar

Close-up of Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

If you are looking for more healthy snacks recipes, check out healthy no bake oatmeal cookies, this snack cacao nibs recipe and healthy snickers bars.


Healthy No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

no bake peanut butter bars recipe

5 from 1 reviews

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.

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  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 bars 1x



  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.

Store: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 7 – 10 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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    1. Hi Stephanie. You can certainly leave the coconut oil out. You process the whole almonds into almond flour…so if you already have almond flour, you can use that instead. Hope that helps.

  1. My husband and I love the taste of the No Bake Peanut Butter Bars. I do have a problem that the dough is too try and bars justs crumble apart. I am following the recipe, so I don’t know why its so dry. Any suggestions for what I could add to get the dough more moist?

  2. 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.

    1. 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!!!

  3. 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.

    1. 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.:)

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

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  5. 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!

    1. 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.:(

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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 !

  9. 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.

    1. 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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