December 22, 2020
Want a tasty and nutritious treat your whole family will love to eat morning, noon, and night? Try no-bake oatmeal bars! They’re super easy to make — no baking required. And they’re made with basic ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboards.
In this article, we give you our go-to no-bake oatmeal bars recipes for every day and every occasion.
No-Bake Oatmeal Bars: What Are They?
No-bake oatmeal bars — as the name suggests — are oatmeal bars that don’t require any oven time to complete.
Instead, they’re made with ingredients that firm up on their own over time to the consistency of a soft oatmeal cookie.
One of the many nice things about no-bake oatmeal bars — aside from the fact that they’re delicious and oh-so-easy to make — is that you can add your own unique ingredients to make them more flavorful, low-fat, gluten-free, high-fiber, and even vegan.
Plus, oatmeal is naturally good for you — even when trying to lose weight — so you can feel good about feeding these to your family (or eating them all yourself).
No-Bake Oatmeal Bars Recipes
1) Three-Ingredient Nut Butter No-Bake Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup of creamy nut butter (we like almond, but any nut butter will work)
- ½ cup of honey
- 3 cups of rolled oats
- Line the bottom of a baking pan with parchment paper (8 x 8 or 9 x 9 works well, but any pan will do)
- Measure peanut butter and honey into a large bowl
- Place in the microwave and heat at 30-second intervals — stirring in-between — until the two ingredients are melted and smoothly blended together (you can also heat on the stove using a double boiler or equivalent method)
- Stir in rolled oats until evenly combined
- Spread onto baking pan
- Place the baking pan in the fridge for at least 1 hour to help the no-bake oatmeal bars set
- After an hour, cut the bars into squares or rectangles (or any other fun shape) with a sharp knife
- Store uneaten bars at room temperature or in the fridge
Who knew just three ingredients could taste so delicious?
For information on other oatmeal treats, check out this article from The Soulfull Project blog: How To Make Overnight Oatmeal In 10 Easy Steps.
2) Coconut No-Bake Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup of rolled oats
- 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup of almond meal
- ¾ cup of creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup of honey
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- ¼ cup of chocolate chips (for the topping)
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter (for the topping)
- In a small bowl, mix together oats, coconut, and almond meal
- Set aside
- In a large microwave-safe bowl (or in a pot on the stove), slowly melt and stir the peanut butter and honey together until smooth
- Add vanilla and salt (optional) and stir until combined (if you like the sweet and salty combination, we suggest going straight to the ½ teaspoon of salt)
- Pour the dry ingredients (oats, coconut, and almond meal) from the small bowl into the large bowl and mix well
- Spread into a baking pan
- Set aside
- To make the chocolate topping, melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter together on the stovetop or in the microwave (heat for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until the mix is smooth)
- Drizzle or spread the melted chocolate/peanut butter topping over the no-bake oatmeal bars
- Place the baking pan in the refrigerator for at least an hour to help the chocolate set
- Cut and serve at room temperature or cold
- Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator
In our experience, you don’t even need that last step because these no-bake oatmeal bars will be gone in the blink of an eye.
Want to try other oatmeal treats? Take a few minutes to read this article from The Soulfull Project blog: 7 Healthy Oatmeal Smoothie Recipes That Taste Amazing.
3) Chocolate No-Bake Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup of butter
- ½ cup of packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 3 cups of quick-cook or instant oats
- 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup of peanut butter or other nut butter
- Grease a square or rectangular baking pan
- Melt butter in a large saucepan on the stove over medium heat
- Stir in brown sugar and vanilla
- Mix in the oats
- Heat mixture over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes to help ingredients blend together (if ingredients are already mixed well, you can skip this step)
- Press half of the mixture into the bottom of the baking pan
- Set the other half aside for the topping
- Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small saucepan on the stove over low heat (stir frequently until smooth)
- Pour the chocolate/peanut butter mixture over the no-bake oatmeal bars in the baking pan
- Spread chocolate topping evenly over oatmeal bars with a knife or the back of a spoon
- Crumble the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer
- Gently press crumbled topping into chocolate
- Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight
- Remove bars from the refrigerator and allow to return to room temperature before cutting into your favorite shapes
You can also make these a vegan treat by substituting vegan butter for the regular butter in this recipe.
Can’t get enough oat-based goodies? Check out this article from The Soulfull Project blog for DIY granola recipes: 6 Homemade Granola Recipes For A Nutritious Breakfast.
4) Date And Hemp Seed No-Bake Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup of packed, pitted soft dates
- ½ cup of almonds
- ¾ cup of oats
- ¼ cup of hemp seeds
- ¼ cup of peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter)
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- Measure the almonds and dates into a food processor or high-powered blender
- Mix until ingredients form a crumbly dough
- Add the oats, hemp seed, peanut butter, and maple syrup
- Process until it forms a thick dough you can form
- Line a standard-sized loaf pan or baking pan with parchment paper
- Firmly press the dough into the pan
- Be sure the dough is pressed into the corners and has a flat top
- Place in the freezer for about 1 hour to firm
- Pull the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan
- Cut into squares or rectangles
- Store in the refrigerator or on the counter in an airtight container
If you want to make these date and hemp seed bars low-fat, substitute low-fat peanut butter for the regular nut butter in this recipe.
And if you’re looking for new ways to eat oatmeal, take a few minutes to read this article from The Soulfull Project blog: 5 Savory Oatmeal Recipes Kids Will Love.
Add More Flavor And Nutrition With Hot Cereal
The no-bake oatmeal bar recipes in this article make for a filling morning meal or a hearty afternoon snack. But did you know you can pack even more flavor and nutrition into those portable treats?
Substitute hot cereal instead of oatmeal and you’ll enjoy more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients than you thought possible!
Hot cereal is full of nutritious grains, including:
And by varying the flavor of hot cereal you use — such as The Soulfull Project’s Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Almond, Brown Sugar Pecan, Toasted Coconut, or Cinnamon Spice — you can whip up a batch of no-bake oatmeal bars that even the pickiest eater among you will love.
With your help, we can make the world a better place, one serving at a time!
To get more information on the serving-for-serving program, and to check out all of our delicious oatmeal and hot cereal flavors, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.