Easy No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars ( Printable Recipe )

Easy No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Cook Time15 minutes
Servings: 20


  • 1 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 cups rolled oats

  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter


  • Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. Overhangs the edges of the foil to lift the bars easier from the baking dish. (You can use a 9x13-inch if you want thinner bars.

  • Melt butter and brown sugar in large saucepan over medium heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Stir in vanilla. Mix in the oats

  • Cook over low heat 3 to 4 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended

  • Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down. Reserve the other half for second layer

  • To make the filling, melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together in a small microwave-safe bowl and stir until it’s smooth

  • Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, reserving about 1/4 cup for drizzling and spread evenly

  • Pour the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently and drizzle with the remaining chocolate mixture

  • Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars


Like any no-bake cookie, the final texture of these really depends on how long you boil the sugar mixture. If it doesn't boil long enough, the cookie/bars mixture will be too soft, if you boil too long, they could turn out dry and crumbly.

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