3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Squares

3 Ingredient NO Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars...SO easy, only 3 ingredients!

These simple 3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Squares can be thrown together in minutes. Use all natural/organic ingredients, if you prefer, for a healthier version! Either way they are simple are delicious.

Easy can not even describe these bars.

And simple is so over-used…by me especially…that I’m afraid you might not buy it.

But I promise ya.

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These are the simplest, easiest, no brainiest bars ever to be.

There are literally 3 ingredients, no baking…only measuring. And you only have to measure 3 things, so…

PLUS, these 3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Squares are kinda-sorta not even that bad for you!

I’m certainly not going to call them healthy…because there are health police out there who like to assure you that Peanut Butter from Skippy isn’t so health-ful.

But in my world, these are the perfect treat for my kids after school…full of fiber and protein, plus the honey makes them sweet and delicious.

So yeah. Try them.

3 Ingredient NO Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars...SO easy, only 3 ingredients!

See..3 ingredients…

3 Ingredient NO Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars...SO easy, only 3 ingredients!

Also, trying to get honey out of a huge container when there isn’t much left is pretty much the worst day of my life.

But I overcame.

3 Ingredient NO Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars...SO easy, only 3 ingredients!

I heated my honey and peanut butter together so they would be smooth. You can totally do this in your microwave too.

3 Ingredient NO Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars...SO easy, only 3 ingredients!

Then just mix in the oats. Also, yes, you could use quick oats, but they are cut and smaller in size (hence why they cook faster), and I prefer the large whole oat in these. Whatever.

3 Ingredient NO Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars...SO easy, only 3 ingredients!

Kinda pretty, yes?

3 Ingredient NO Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars...SO easy, only 3 ingredients!

Then press the mixture into a lined 9×9 pan, that is sprayed lightly with cooking spray to prevent sticking…

Let the mixture set up. I popped mine in the fridge (and actually stored them there too to keep them firm). Then cut into bars!

3 Ingredient NO Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars...SO easy, only 3 ingredients!

Again, if left at room temperature they will soften a bit, so I like to keep mine chilled…but if you prefer them softer and gooier go for it!

3 Ingredient NO Bake Peanut Butter Oat Bars...SO easy, only 3 ingredients!

So yep. 3 ingredients!

 

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3 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Squares


Description

makes 20 squares


Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 cups rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Line a 9×9 pan with foil. Spray lightly with non-stick spray.
  2. Melt the peanut butter and honey together until smooth, either in the microwave or stove top. Combine mixture with oats.
  3. Press into prepared pan. Place in refrigerator until set. Cut into squares.

Notes

I like to store mine in the refrigerator because they can get a bit soft.

 

Here are a few other 3 Ingredient/No Bake recipes I have…

keylimepiedipKey Lime Pie Dip…3 Ingredients AND it’s Fat Free!

S'mores Snack Mix..only 3 Ingredients!

This S’mores Snack Mix is also only 3 Ingredients!

 


242 Responses

    1. H

      Meriem, I just saw this and wanted to share that you can soften a container of honey by putting it in the crockpot, fill crockpot with water to height of honey, turn on low and just let it go until the honey is liquid again. Doesn’t matter if the container is taller than the crockpot — leave the lid off. Works like a charm.

      1. Laura

        Actually, pure honey can and does go hard. My grandpa used to keep bees and my dad still has honey from it; it’s more than 20 years old, and it’s hard.

      2. Bobbie

        TOTALLY wrong! No corn syrup in most honeys. I buy mine straight from the bee keeper and it does crystallize. How fast it crystallizes depens on the amount of glucose in the honey. Some people prefer crystallized honey. 🙂 Most stuff can be googled for the answer so try that next time!

    2. Janel

      Raw honey does go “hard”. It becomes crystallized. That’s a good thing. Means it is raw. Store honey does not because its pasteurized to death! You can set your honey in hot water or let the hot water run on the bottle each time you use it and it will go back to smooth. My husband and I are beekeepers.

        1. Marianne

          I was wondering that myself. I make a facial exfoliant using honey,lemon,sweet almond oil and granulated sugar. Honey has anti microbial properties,lemon is an astringent,the oil moisturizes and the sugar provides the exfoliant. (Recipe came from Cooking Light magazine years ago) If I have to reheat the honey,am I loosing that benefit??

      1. Becca C.

        Not a good idea, as the bottles typically are plastic… And will melt, releasing plastic toxins. But glass also gets extreme hot as well.

    3. Becca C.

      You can also turn the container upside down, once you get the honey softened up again, and the honey will drip to the tip, making it easier to get it out. I usually put the honey upside down in a mason jar. I do this with other sticky items (agave) in my cabinet too. 🙂

    4. Deena

      I buy mine from Costco when l go to see my daughter or l get her to bring some when she comes.Because I’m a Sam’s member and l have the same problem with Sam’s honey It’s firm when l buy it.l went back to Sam’s and a guy said It’s ok just cut the bottom open and put it in a jar.They have got so much honey at Sam’s that l have been getting it at my daughter’s Costco for about 15mos. HONEY TURN TOO SUGAR.If you use it for health reason you not to heat it.lhad to heat mine too get it out.l live in Alabama &My daughter live in Richmond Va.

  1. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat

    Wow. These look great. I’m totally making them this weekend. I think I found something my incredibly picky 5 yr old will eat!

  2. Heather

    Bless you!!! I am off refined sugar this week, so I haven’t had a treat of any kind since Saturday (this is BIG for me.) I can totally do these!

    1. Sherri

      You can also try 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of sugar and 1egg for gluten free peanut butter cookies. Bake at 325* for 7-8 min. Delicious!!

  3. Monica

    Yay!! A dairy-free recipe! I often adapt many of your recipes to make them dairy-free (which is NOT always an easy task!!), so I’m excited to try this one–sans-adaptations!!

  4. I have been craving rice krispie treats lately and these look so gooood! Plus they’re healthier than krispies, right? 😉
    Tonight we will have them for dinner!
    Well, maybe after dinner….

    Shelly, btw, I have a worldwide giveaway with 2 winners of the cutest lil bee salt/pepper shakers to honour Mother’s Day and benefit the effort to save the bees. Please stop by my blog when you get the chance. Good luck!

  5. Haha. The health police. I feel like I can never post anything with regular peanut butter. It has to be natural because I know even when I post a warning saying, “This recipe won’t work with natural!” people will make it with natural anyway and then be unhappy with the results. That’s because natural sucks for baking. That’s the end of my peanut butter rant. 😀

    And love that these are no-bake! This is something I’d make at 11:49pm and then not even bother forming into bars. A spoon works well enough for me.

    1. Marianne

      I’m so sorry!! Didn’t mean to hit the “thumbs down” button!! Purely accidental! I just wanted to if using natural PB was the reason mi e did t come out well? It’s all I had. I did add melted coconut oil,but still did t help….?

  6. Darlene

    Has anyone tried adding dark chocolate chips to this? If so, would you melt them first along with the peanut butter and honey or mix them in whole with the oats? Or would melting and drizzling along the top at the end work best?

    1. Trish

      I made mine with almond butter instead of peanut butter and I pressed chocolate chips and chopped pecans into the mixture before putting them in the refrigerator to set. Can’t wait to eat them!

  7. Lara

    Yum! Just made these and I can’t stop eating! I added a few extra things I had on hand to health them up even more… On the softened PB honey stage I added a scoop of protein powder and scoops of both chia and flax seed, as well as some Cacao powder for a little chocolate sensation. Also I did half honey and half melted coconut oil for the honey part, and it came out perfect with a nice hint of coconut! They are so delish and guilt-free! Will definitely be adding these to the regular rotation.

  8. Kali

    I just made this because I love the ingredients, but when combined…. not so much. I think it’s the texture I’m not liking and it’s very dense.

  9. alivia

    This recipe is very tasty.

    I don’t know if it’s because I used a different brand of peanut butter (used Peanut Butter & Co) than you or what it is, but my honey/peanut butter mix did not cover 3 cups of oats, it only held about 2 and 1/8 cups of oats. Neither did it get that nice gooey look like yours has got.

    In the future I may try adding coconut oil like “Lara” said in the comments here.

    I also used old fashioned oats. Yum.

    1. Shelly

      Not sure! It seems like it would, but syrup is a little thinner than honey. Let me know if you try it! Maybe just use a little less!

  10. Heather

    Perfect! We are experiencing extreme heat these days in iowa, and I’ve been trying to find a no bake peanut butter bar recipe to fill a craving, but they all call for more butter than PB, and tons of powdered sugar, neither of which I keep on hand! I used natural PB, as this is what I usually use, so some of the healthy police might be ok with it (though who wants to be worried about that when it comes to dessert?), but I DID proceed to cover the whole thing in melted dark chocolate…

    Ran out of honey, so used maple syrup to complete it (prefer it’s flavor anyway)…seems to work. Also had oat flour on hand, so used half oat flour, half whole oats, which had creatd kind of a Reece’s peanut butter cup feel…if you like that sort of thing. Thanks so much for providing!!!

  11. Inga

    Hello!
    Thanks for the recipe! I have tried it, but something isn’t right. Can you maybe, please, write amounts of ingredients in grams? 🙂

  12. Terri

    Just an alternative–use toasted oat flakes for an even more delicious treat and add almond butter and toasted almond slices for an even better version. One caution–almond butter is runnier than peanut butter so you may have to use less than the recipe calls for.

  13. Terri

    BTW–for those complaining about the Costco honey containers–save a few jars from whatever, clean well and use for the honey. They are much easier to liquefy the honey in and you don’t have to worry about plastics-chemicals leaching into the honey when you try to warm it up. I am trying bit by bit to use less plastic in my home because of all the negative consequences–the reliance on petroleum to create the containers, the problems with recycling them, the endocrine and hormone disruption they cause and all the other problems associated with plastic in the environment.

    1. Cup to Gram Conversions

      Do the Math
      1 ounce = 28.34 grams

      1 pound = .453 kilograms

      1 g = .035 oz

      1 kg = 2.2 lb

      1 fluid oz = 29.57 milliliters

      Measuring Spoons
      1 Tablespoon = .5 fluid oz or 14.79 ml

      3 tsp = 1 Tablespoon

      4 Tablespoons = 1/4 cup

      16 Tablespoons = 1 cup

      More Quick Conversions
      1 c chocolate chips = 152 g

      1 c cocoa powder = 128 g

      1 c walnuts, chopped
      = 122 g

      1 c walnut/pecan halves
      = 99 g

      1 c shredded coconut
      = 71 g

      1 c solid shortening, e.g. Crisco® = 205 g

      1Tbsp baking powder
      = 12 g

      1 Tbsp salt = 18 g

      How much does a cup of butter weigh? Well, let’s see…

      Butter
      If you know a cup of butter weighs 8 ounces, you could do the math yourself:

      1 ounce = 28.34 grams, so one cup of butter weighs 227 grams.

      1/4 cup of butter = 57 g
      1/3 cup of butter = 76 g
      1/2 cup of butter = 113 g

      Dry Goods
      All-Purpose Flour and Confectioners’ Sugar

      Cups Grams Ounces

      1/8 cup 16 g .563 oz
      1/4 cup 32 g 1.13 oz
      1/3 cup 43 g 1.5 oz
      1/2 cup 64 g 2.25 oz
      2/3 cup 85 g 3 oz
      3/4 cup 96 g 3.38 oz
      1 cup 128 g 4.5 oz

      Bread Flour
      Cups Grams Ounces
      1/4 cup 34 g 1.2 oz
      1/3 cup 45 g 1.6 oz
      1/2 cup 68 g 2.4 oz
      1 cup 136 g 4.8 oz

      Rolled Oats
      Cups Grams Ounces
      1/4 c 21 g .75 oz
      1/3 c 28 g 1 oz
      1/2 c 43 g 1.5 oz
      1 c 85 g 3 oz

      White Sugar (Granulated)
      Cups Grams Ounces
      2 Tbsp 25 g .89 oz
      1/4 cup 50 g 1.78 oz
      1/3 cup 67 g 2.37 oz
      1/2 cup 100 g 3.55 oz
      2/3 cup 134 g 4.73 oz
      3/4 cup 150 g 5.3 oz
      1 cup 201 g 7.1 oz

      Packed Brown Sugar
      Cups Grams Ounces
      1/4 c 55 g 1.9 oz
      1/3 c 73 g 2.58 oz
      1/2 c 110 g 3.88 oz
      1 c 220 g 7.75 oz

      Honey, Molasses & Syrup
      Cups Grams Ounces
      2 Tbsp 43 g 1.5 oz
      1/4 c 85 g 3 oz
      1/3 c 113 g 4 oz
      1/2 c 170 g 6 oz
      2/3 c 227 g 8 oz
      3/4 c 255 g 9 oz
      1 c 340 g 12 oz

      1. Megan

        Just buy a set of ‘cups’ to measure next time, that’s what I had to do for all my american bakes in the end, got sick of doing math everytime I wanted to try a recipe!

  14. J.

    I make with organic oats, organic maple syrup, organic peanut butter & add chopped peanuts, pecans, almonds or walnuts.

    Also dried fruits minced is good too just make sure it’s real dried fruit & not the sugar and chemical dried fruit. I use maple syrup because I’m not a fan of the taste of honey.

    I am going to try these with almond butter next time and maybe cashew butter the next to see how they taste. Keep on cooking;)

    1. J.

      Oh I forgot I made these for a friend & she doesn’t love oatmeal so I cut the oatmeal in half and added her favorite organic crunchy cereal to it with a dash of cinnamon because she loves it. She said they were great.

    1. Jean

      Well, if you eat the whole pan, there are 147 grams of sugar and 161 grams of fat.(that is when Artisana 100% organic almond butter is used- not sure about peanut butter). So, if you are able to eat only one (20 in one pan), then it’s about 7.35 grams sugar and 8.05 grams of fat each. I know myself too well to know that I can’t eat just one. I am going to skip this recipe for that reason only.

  15. Pat

    Lauren….. warm your honey in a pan of warm/hot water. NEVER in the microwave; doing that will kill off all the good things that honey is so well known for.

  16. Dolores

    Can’t wait to try these. I’ve been using the Skippy Natural peanut butter when making rice Krispy bars and don’t have any trouble with it so I’m sure it will work for these. TFS

  17. Heather

    I just made these today and they are delicious and so easy to make. I also drizzled a little melted chocolate over a few of them to have as a treat in the afternoon when I need just a little chocolate!

  18. Kellie

    Making these now. I doubled the recipe and added 1 cup of chocolate chips to the dry oats. Hoping they turn out tasting as good as they look!

  19. Kellie

    Follow up to my earlier comment.
    When I went to mix the peanut butter and honey mix into the oats and chocolate chips, I noticed it was still a little dry. I added 1/4 cup more honey and mixed it well. The chocolate chips I added to the oats melted a bit when i mixed everything together, and it added a creamier consistency. Chilled for 90 minutes and then tried them. Amazing!! Just the right mix of peanut butter and honey, and the chocolate chips gave it just the right amount of ‘satisfy my chocolate craving’! Even better, my autistic son, who eats nothing, loves them!

  20. ahuva

    Just saw this and had to make them for my gluten free son- BTW heaven and I used all natural smuckers peanut butter ( nuts and salt) and they came out great!!! Thanks for posting

  21. Dave

    Nice easy recipe but on the Skippy peanut butter, if it does not say 100% peanuts on the label then it is full of additives. True peanut butter is just ground peanuts, it doesn’t need anything else.

  22. Eleni

    Made a 1/2 batch of these today & they turned out great! I used natural peanut butter because that’s what I like and steel cut oats because that’s what I had. I added unsweetened organic coconut and dark chocolate chips. They were so good! Thanks

  23. Natalie

    This is a great base recipe with plenty of room to be creative and customize if desired. I made these bars according to the recipe the first time and added a pinch of cinnamon. The second time, I replaced half the peanut butter with melted butterscotch chips and replaced 1/3 of the oats with rice krispies, and added more cinnamon! They turned out great!

  24. Tara

    Has anyone had any issue with the bars being too dry? I made these 3x now. First time was perfect and the last two times they have come out very dry (and crumbly). I THINK it may be that I’ve overheated the PB/Honey in my attempts to get them nice and syrupy. How long did you heat your PB/Honey in the microwave, Shelly?

    Thanks!!

  25. aimee

    I just made these and used the correct amount shown, actually didnt use the full amount of oats. Appears very dry. We’ll see how they turn out. ????

  26. Alice Theofan

    If you buy the Gluten Free Rolled Oats it would be a perfect treat for all of us Celiacs!!! Trying it tomorrow with a drizzle of Chocolate on top!!! Sounds so yummy I can`t wait!!!

  27. Oh these are so great! Like one of the other commenters I am snowed in and have very little in the house and 3 ingredient recipes are perfect! Got everything and the sweet tooth! I am looking forward to trying them! Thank you!!!!

  28. Nicole

    These are delicious! I also made them with crunchy peanut butter and I’m in love! I stay away from sweets, so this is the best of both worlds! Not too sweet and the peanuts make it the perfect amount of saltiness! Love!

  29. Alix

    I tried making this recipe twice and neither one turned out correctly. Luckily, these ingredients are dog-friendly so the recipe-gone-wrong will be used as dog treats.

  30. Jessica

    I saw this recipe this morning and made it right away. I realized I was short on the oats so I threw in a cup of cheerios to make up for it. These were fabulous!! So simple and yummy I will be keeping this recipe close.

  31. Julie

    Very simple. Followed this recipe with one exception. I used a small amount of coconut oil instead of a cooking spray. Let it chill for about an hour before cutting out a square. Very yummy. Can’t wait to get creative and add different ingredients next time.

  32. Dasha

    I just made them with a few changes, 1/2C peanut butter and 1/2C butterscotch chips, 1 and 1/2 C Oats 1 and 1/2 C rice krispies, some slivered almonds and flaked coconut! I rubbed coconut oil on the foil. Great basic recipe to play with, thank you!

  33. Carolyn

    Please don’t microwave your honey. The benefits of honey are destroyed in the microwave process. You can liquify your hardened honey by placing in a pot of hot water.

  34. Andel

    Hi, just tried the recipe and they turned out quite ok. The only thing is the oats are very hard, they r quite dry. Is there a way to make them softer? Thanks.

  35. Sharon

    i use the same honey shown in your picture, from Costco. When mine crystallized I cut the top off with a serrated edged knife then scooped out the honey and placed in a large jar. So much easier for measuring out the honey into measuring cups.

  36. Annie Walters

    Thank you for sharing this.It turned out really well for me. My husband was all smiles! Happy tummy, happy hubby. =)

  37. Melinda

    Made these a few days ago. Even my pickiest child loved them. I dipped the bars in melted vanilla almond bark to help them hold together a bit better. YUMMY!!! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  38. I found your recipe on Pintrest & I had to comment & say THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m currently living in China {My husband is working here- we are from Canada & the US} & the food is…different…………
    I am also a vegetarian & having the hardest time finding the ingredients to make what I consider normal & vegetarian friendly at the grocery story! I can find all 3 of these ingredients & you’d better believe I will be making these! So thank you again for this simple recipe that will give me a little taste of home!!!

    Andrea
    Stylish Adventures with AL

  39. Cindy Long

    Love this recipe, just made again, tonight I added flax and poppy seed. Love the peanut butter and honey, reminds me of growing up and putting peanut butter on toast then adding honey on top and swirling. Thank you for this, I pinned a couple months ago.

  40. Linda

    I was reading the comments about honey getting hard. The easiest & fastest way I found is make sure the lid is on tight. Put it in the dish washer when you do your dishes. I had a quart jar (hard as a rock)I did put it on the top shelf because the jar was plastic. Dishes got washed & honey poured very nice. I got this hint from Heloise’s column in the newspaper…

  41. Ohhh yumm. My preggo cravings demanded I make these as soon as I saw them. I’m thinking of adding raisins and maybe some nuts. I’ve been having a hard time getting enough protein while pregnant so this is an awesome option. Thank you!!

  42. Very fast and easy! I made them last night using a large non-stick skillet and followed the ingredient list exactly. I found keeping the ingredients warm allowed for easier mixing. Ate them for breakfast this morning. Delish!

  43. Eli

    Hi! I just tried to make these and I was trying to heat up the peanut butter and honey on the stovetop but it was burning on me and it didn’t get to a syrup form. Do you heat it up in low heat, how long, and do you constantly stir? Thanks in advance for the help! Looking forward to try these again!

    1. Shelly

      If you are having problems with it burning, I would say yes the heat was too high. Go ahead and try it on low and stir very frequently

    2. Leisha

      I did mine on a double boiler. It is much easier to melt chocolate or warm peanut butter that way. If you don’t have a double boiler insert, you can use a stainless steel bowl that is slightly larger than your pot so it doesn’t sink. Also, stir constantly. In a double boiler, it only took maybe 3 minutes.

  44. Shanaaz

    I made these today and they were wonderful! Except I made them into small balls. I added a bit of cinnamon and salt to it and they were awesome!

  45. Debbie

    I only consume natural peanut butter which is what I used to make them. Delicious but will use less oatmeal next time so they won’t crumble so easily.

  46. Emily Gossman

    Just made the 3 ingredient no bake peanut butter bars – so easy! I made it with chunky p-nut butter and added Craisins and some flaxseed. It is awesome!

  47. Emily Gossman

    I just made this, but put the honey p-nut butter mixture in the microwave for about 50 secs, 40 would of been just fine.

  48. lisa

    First of all for the peanut butter oatmeal and honey you can’t use 3 cups of oats with one cup of peanut products you have to use 3 cups of oats 3 cups of peanut butter so the woman either doesn’t know what she’s talking about why she put the wrong information because one cup of peanut butter won’t even cover half of it I had a double it and I had to use 3 1/2 cups of peanut butter 3 cups of oats in on was the couple

    1. Shelly

      Hi Lisa,
      Have you made the recipe and this is what you found, or is this just a guess based on reading the recipe? I make these bars a lot and have never had any issue. If you are using a brand of peanut butter that is drier, you certainly could add a bit more to compensate for that…but the measurements are correct based on my experiences and also based on many others who have made the recipe as written with great results.

  49. Toni

    These look easy and delicious…however, I’m wondering if I ca substitute the peanut butter for almond butter? (I’m allergic to peanuts, but I can almonds). Thanks!

  50. Leisha

    I’ve been looking for a replacement for our morning cereal bars… something high in calories, but full of nutrition. Using your recipe as a base, I think I have something great I can work with! We only use the organic peanut butter that is peanuts and salt, so I added a little bit of coconut oil to the pb/honey mixture to compensate for that natural dryness. I also added 3 Tbsp of coconut flakes and 2 Tbsp of Chia seeds and about 1/4 cup of dehydrated banana chips (and subtracted half a cup of oats to allow for the extra dry ingredients). It was hard to glue it all together, so I think I’ll need a bit more pb next time, but overall, it’s a hit. It is VERY dense, so a little square is more than enough. I am looking forward to experimenting with some other add-ins! My four and 3 year olds loved it. I’m wondering if there’s a good way to add jam/preserves… to give it a PB&J type of flavor… I’ll try some experiments!

  51. The "Z"

    These are awesome and I followed the recipe exact, but after awhile the creative side of me wanted to satisfy my chocolate or mocha craving with these bars.

    I made the bars exact but cut recipe in third and used a little square corning ware dish with wax paper crossed over the dish then sprayed with a little cooking spray (Made clean up and cutting easier for me.) There is only one person that eats this and well I rather make it fresh in smaller portion.

    Now for the top: I make coffee cone drip in the morning. Just re-use the coffee grounds again by having another cup handy. Add a little more coffee ground, then drip about 2-3 tablespoons of water over the grounds and into handy cup. Pour from handy cup over grounds into another handy cup again about 3-5 times to make extra strong coffee; switching cups.

    Now melt chocolate chips about .5 cup, a good tablespoon of your favorite chocolate nut butter, and a slight table spoon of the strong coffee you made that morning at room temperature with a dash of salt. Mixture should sheet off spoon not run for the hills (Practice as it took me a few times.)

    Pour over the top of setup oat and peanut butter mixture and spread smooth. Put some fine chopped peanut or any nut that makes you happy sprinkled over top.

    Put in fridge to set up I usually go about 3 hours before cutting into squares.

    PS>>> Add some coconut to peanut butter mixture for an added texture punch. And for the naughty side instead of coffee add Kaluah or brandy.

    This is a hearty foundation treat; but with a little imagination and a drive to satisfy a craving this can be changed up and made different. Does not work the first time try again and make adjustments. I have added dried apricot/cranberry/blueberry; basically any kind of dried fruit even mashed banana for a froggy I want to be healthy nut for the day.

    Let the imagination go wild. Do follow recipe exact a few times and get the feel of how the mixture is suppose to be; then go from there with change ups. Oh!!! add a bit of cinnamon or dried mint; and try rosemary for a packing big Wow I cannot believe this came out. Actually I made a mistake thinking rosemary was mint…can we say we getting a little old.

    Wishing a warm and safe summer to all.
    The “Z”

  52. Kayla

    I just had to come back here and thank you for this post! This are soo delicious and so easy to make! I used organic natural peanutbutter and got the crunchy kind to add a little crunch to it. I call them my healthier version of no-bake cookies (which are my absolute fave)! I will definitely be bringing these instead to Thanksgiving this year! I can’t wait to try different toppings!

    Thank you thank you!

  53. Karina

    i just made these! I cut a few calories by using PB fit peanut butter powder. I also subbed honey for maple syrup, and threw in grain sweetened chocolate chips for a suprise! Can’t wait to enjoy!

  54. gotjava

    Great recipe, especially when you don’t want to turn on the oven. Great variation is to pretoast the oats in the oven or in a skillet before you use them, really brings out the flavor.

  55. Georgia

    Used crunchy peanut butter, brown sugar and a bit of water to keep them from being too dry. They taste like peanut butter fudge… awesome!

  56. Sarah

    I made these earlier today, and I have to say that they are great! I didn’t have quite enough peanut butter so I compensated by using a bit more honey than the recipe called for. I also added melted semi sweet chocolate on top before I put the pan in the fridge. I think next time I will use only 2.5 cups of oatmeal. Also, I am going to try cutting the squares before I put the pan in the fridge, as I found it difficult to do once the mixture had already set. Thanks for the easiest snack recipe ever :)!

  57. Miss Mila

    made them as drop cookies with low fat pb — very easy and quick. I halved the recipe too. Could be used with rice crispies too instead of oats

  58. shirley

    saw these on dr oz. i use crunchy peanut butter and litte fruit juice/equal as i don’t like honey.the main prob i have it that they are not really low cal food and i just keep going back to the frig. lol

  59. Sharon

    i love this recipe and so does my son, i added sunflower seeds and almonds flakes and they tasted yum, thanks for putting this up. im going to use this again and again but next try with crunchy peanut butter

    1. Shelly

      if it’s real maple syrup, it will be a little thinner than honey, so I would add less. If you are using the Aunt Jemima type syrup it will be a fairly equal substitute.

  60. Mary Kamermans

    These are very good…but add the oatmeal abit at a time…then stir….add more etc. Three cup of oats would have been too much for me…the bars would have been too dry. Food is a science and I guess it just depends what brands, types of ingredients are used.

  61. Courtney

    I used Costco organic creamy pb, trader joes honey, and trader joes rolled oats. I didn’t have much honey so I halved the recipe. I heated it up til it was really smooth, and decided to use just one c. of oats to see how well it spreads. It instantly became a pile of dry oat crumbles. Had to keep messing with it to eventually get it to be somewhat soft/smooth and resemble your photos in the slightest, but now there are hardly any oats and my bars are mostly pb filling. What could have been my mistake? I’d really like to try again, but not sure what the problem was.

  62. Jen

    I love the people that say I loved them…I just changed the recipe a bit, and the entire recipe was modified. Hilarious. I always snicker at those ‘changes’. This is a great recipe. As is.

  63. Judy

    These are so good. Half are gone already. I did add some chopped pecans an 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. I will have to make some more soon.

    1. Caro

      I don’t like people that copy either Kristin but it is best to check the dates to confirm whether one came before the other or not. But I am sure that there will be plenty of other people going back years and years decades even that would have had a similar version Its 3 ingredients or a variance on it and like all recipes there is always a variant from recipes handed down Put this in google and you will see a truck load of recipes with variants
      https://www.google.com.au/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Oats+Honey+Nut+Butter&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=qRPDVprvCK7u8we_iqnQCw

  64. ColleenB.~Texas

    Oh, yes, you have made my day. Was wanting to make something that is quick and simple so I thank you; especially my hubby. He will love these.

  65. cohoman

    I made these tonight and they tasted great! I used crunchy peanut butter and also added on top a layer of hard-shell chocolate. Yummy!

  66. Just made these. I’ve got a nasty chest cough and I was in desperate need of something with honey in it (to help with my congestion) that would also be gentle on my upset tummy and fill me up for more than 12 seconds. I’m now in actual danger of finishing the whole pan of these. Thanks for the awesome recipe! 🙂

  67. Marianne

    I made these using all natural peanut butter and quick oats. I heated the PB and honey in the microwave. It looked curdled when I took it out. I only used 2 1/2 c oats because it was so dry and stiff it wouldn’t stir. Had to use my hands,and it was still so stiff and unworkable,I added more honey,then melted coconut oil to add to it. They were really terrible! Could it have been that the honey had been around a while and had previously been reheated because it had crystalized? I still think this needed something more….cinnamon I think would’ve helped. I hate wasting ingredients,so I’ll probably eat them anyway. ?

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  69. Nicolas

    Ok, so this recipe is bogus.
    First of all, it says it makes 20 squares. The problem is that if you use a square 9×9 pan you would have to cut the bars either 4 rows by 4 rows which would make 16 squares or cut it 5 rows by 5 rows which of course would make 25 squares. There is no way to get 20 square bars from a 9×9 pan. You could only get rectangles, yet all the pictures are of square bars.
    Secondly, I’m making this right now. I had to use equal parts oats and peanut butter to get a good consistency.
    I just bought so many extra oats for no reason.

    I’m pretty sure the person who posted this stole it from a cookbook and didn’t bother to actually try it out for themselves.

    1. Shelly

      Hi there… I posted this recipe, have made it so many times and the pictures you see are what I made in my own kitchen of these bars using this very recipe. Sorry you had trouble, but it sounds like you worked it out in the end.

  70. Kristi Allen

    It automatically put 5 stars but this recipe is a 1 star. I made these and they turned out bad!!! Turns out 3 cups of oats to 1 cup of peanut butter was not a good ratio. The mixture was dry! Must be a typo. I will try again but with 1 cup of peanut butter to 1 1/3 cup of Oates.

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  74. Faith

    I made these for girl scouts a loonnnggg time ago. They’re so good! I was just wondering if you really need honey. Would it be possible to do it without it? I would even do it if it wouldn’t be hard, without putting it in the fridge.

  75. Tara

    I made it exactly as the instructions indicate, and they came out just fine! I was prepared to put in less oats, but 3 c. were definitely needed. I did press the mixture into the pan, too. Like rice crispy treats, this keeps them moist and chewy. I can taste the honey as well as the peanut butter…so good and easy!

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  77. I just made the bars , my husband loves them . I added 1/3 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut , 1/3 cup roasted walnuts and 1/4 cup cranberries . I used half smooth and half chunky organic peanut butter …very easy and quick bars with no preservatives …keep them frozen when you need them just get them out of the freezer .

  78. Rachel Bland

    I absolutely LOVE these! They are so much better than store bought granola bars! I also tried toasting the oatmeal prior to making them. That was awesome too! Thank you!

  79. Angela

    Tried this and loved it! I decided to double the recipe because I have 4 kids who all need lunch snacks. Melted the PB and honey and low and behold I only had 3 cups of quick oats. I added 4 baggies of cinnamon and spice Quaker packets and it turned out great! They had a great flavor and texture. I’m excited for my kids to find them in their lunch box tomorrow.

  80. Jason

    I’ve been making these for my wife and myself almost every week for the past two years. We love it! Nowadays, I now add a couple tablespoons of various seeds to up the nutrition. It’s a staple of our diet. Thank you!

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    1. Shelly

      yep.. pure maple syrup is a little thinner than honey, so you might need to add a few more oats, but it will work!

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  84. I used maple syrup instead of honey, and it worked out just fine :D! I was just pumped to find a recipe I could make on a special diet (FODMAP). Thanks, grrrrr!

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  89. Pauve

    Made these and was kind of disappointed. They didn’t turn out quite as pretty looking and I think it was a bit too much oatmeal. They did taste good though. Really similar flavor to an actual protein bar but at least you actually know what’s in them.

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    1. Shelly

      Old fashioned oats will work, however, they are just a “bigger” oat. The quick oats are cut smaller (to cook faster) and work in this recipe because they will pack more densely.

  91. Oak

    I just made these and they’re delicious!! I added in 2 tablespoons of flax meal and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to mine, for extra health. Super simple and easy, and they remind me of those super chewy and dense Clif Bars, but much cheaper and fewer ingredients! I intend on eating these for breakfast, so I made 6 huge meal-sized bars. Perfect for a busy morning! Thanks!

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  93. Susan

    I can’t wait to try these, these are a fabulous find, your post is adorable and I’ve signed up for your newsletter and emails. You’re right up my alley????

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